How Giving Back is An ANTIDOTE!

🌟 Find ways to give back to others. 🌟
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Now this may sound a bit cheesy or common sense, but common sense isn’t common. Otherwise more of us would be using it. 😉
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And not only is giving back “common sense”, it’s a powerful antidote for suffering. Yes, an antidote for suffering! 😲
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How so, Donald? 🗣️
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📍 We gather new perspectives on our own suffering through other people’s. We see how our hopes and fears are similar to each others. We continue to realize we’re not alone in our pain.
📍 When we focus on our problems, they magnify in our minds. The less we focus on our problems, the greater they shrink.
📍 We forget that problems are a necessary part of life. Because without problems, we wouldn’t grow as people.
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I challenge you to give more back to others, even when you think you can’t. One thing I can assure you on…👂
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❤️ There’s never going to be a “perfect time” to do it. ❤️
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This past weekend I had the privilege to give back and serve at another one of Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within event for 15,000 participants! Add to that, I’ll also be serving at London’s event too next month! 😄
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The progress I’ve made the past few years I give a lot of credit to his work! The least I can do is give back and pay it forward. ❤️ #UPWLA2019

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Why I WON’T! (PERSONAL)

👊 I WON’T! 👊
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I can be another person sharing modeling photos with little reason other than to be a pretty face. But I won’t! 
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I can give you the impression my life is perfect and flawless. But I won’t! 
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I can lie and present you a false portrayal about who I stand for as a person, all while having ulterior motives. But I won’t! 
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Sometimes I wonder if I’m one of the few online who shares these feelings of responsibility, this weight I carry every time I create and share a post to help others. 🤔
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What’s missing online today is DEPTH! What’s missing is HONESTY, TRANSPARENCY, and AUTHENTICITY! We have plenty of STYLE, but far less SUBSTANCE! We have plenty of pretty pictures, but less meaning to enjoy them with. We have many online friends, but fewer we could say we’re deeply connected with. And I say this all with so much love! 
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🌟 What we need online is less posing and more people of example.🌟
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I can’t imagine the emotions a teenager feels when they see a modeling photo like my own, sees hundreds of other people doing the same, and feeling a sense of inferiority that stacks upon them day-after-day. “Why can’t I just have a life like theirs?!” 😞
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I never want someone to feel that way. My life is definitely not perfect, and I’ll never claim it to be. 👎
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THE TRUTH:
📍 I use filters on most of my photos.
📍 I pose for most of my photos.
📍 If someone pretends to act perfect online, they’re lying.
📍 If someone pretends that hard work is not required to do what they’re doing online, they’re also lying.
📍 Behind this post lies a human being who’s been working hard on his social media for over a year.
📍 You don’t ever have to feel you need to be Me. I’m just a person with ideas you can take and leave as you please.
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If I’ve ever come across as such in the past, I genuinely apologize. While I don’t always share everything there is to know about me, while I tend to share more about what’s good rather than what’s bad in my life, what I will continue to do for you all is keep being a Force for the Substance I continue to see missing. 👍
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I aim to fill this void which is echoing directly into people’s hearts. And yes, perhaps that also means more “longer” posts in the future haha! 😂
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🌟 We need more people who will help us think about our own lives and less about theirs. 🌟
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It’s something which social media may not want but social media needs. Everyone may not like it, but I’m not here for everyone to like me. Much love to you all! ❤️ #TranscendLabels

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How We’re Always CHANGING!

🙌 We are always changing. 🙌
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There’s this thought that has been on my mind the past weekend. And let me add: whenever I have a thought I’m really interested in exploring, what starts as a single thought grows into a multi-faceted set of ideas in my head. I take many routes. 🧠
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It’s what psychologists commonly refer to as a “flow state”. It’s a state where some of my favorite posts have been written. It’s a state where time stops and I’m mentally swimming in an ocean of ideas. 🌊
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Yesterday as I helped load out the last of Tony Robbins’s UPW event materials at the LA Convention Center, I became reminded of the day before where the thought I’m talking about first came to mind…
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🌟 Change is a part of life. The question is if we’re consciously choosing to change or if we’re letting our environment choose the change for us. 🌟
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…The day before I had briefly met up with an old high school friend I hadn’t seen since 2010. We had a really insightful and meaningful conversation. He told me about what he had been doing since high school, and like myself he had chosen a road less traveled. It was a life which filled him up and not one which the status quo may expect one to choose. 🙌
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In a way, I felt like I was talking with him for the first time. I found I had a lot more in common with him now than I did in high school. As we parted ways and I got an Uber, this thought of Change had become planted in my focus. 👁
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To say he had changed would be only giving partial credit. We both had changed. Grown. Evolved. 👥
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I started to think about my other friends from high school, wondering what they may be doing now, what lives they had chosen for themselves, or whether they were letting life choose for them. I thought about the decisions we all make as individuals which set the trajectory for where we will end up long-term. I thought about how the littlest of change in our actions can make the biggest of impact in our lives. ❤️
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🌟 Whatever we do, wherever we go, whatever we see, whatever we feel, it all has shaped us into the person we are this very moment. 🌟
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So why am I sharing this all with you? 🤔
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It’s because I’m also thinking about the 15,000 participants who attended this past weekend at Unleash the Power Within. I’m thinking about the participants who have been given a handful of knowledge and understanding and what they are going to do with it. 🤔
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Will they use it to change their lives for the better? Will they fall back to their old ways of thinking? Will they come back to what they learned later since the seed has already been planted in their minds? They each have an opportunity to Change. As they say at the event: The biggest growth starts the day after the event, when the choice is now up to you.
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With me traveling to LA…with me Crewing another event…with me making new friends here…with me seeing my high school friend…with me typing this very post…I am changing. 🙌
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And I did it with purpose. Eudaimonia. ❤️ #TranscendLabels

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Why Being Offended is Your GIFT!

🤬 BE OFFENDED! 🤬

If you’re offended, you know what: that’s absolutely FANTASTIC! 😲

I’m not kidding, being offended is AWESOME! 👍

🗣 “Have you gone mad, Donald?!” 🗣

No, seriously! I want you to feel offended! BUT hear me out! 👂

Why am I saying you should be offended? 🤨

Because when you feel offended, you now have the opportunity to ask yourself: “Why?” 🤔

📖 “What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things.” ~ Epictetus 📖

Often times we are NOT aware of why we are offended. Often times we are not aware what judgments we are making about people, things, and situations in our lives. We just: be offended. 😔

🌟 The fact we don’t understand our emotions is the very reason we need to feel them, so we can understand what is going on beneath the surface. 🌟

Ask yourself: “Why?” 🗣

📍 Did someone say something that went against your beliefs?

📍 Did a situation remind you of a past event where you also have felt hurt?

📍 Did you feel powerless and your body simply went into defense mode?

I can’t answer those questions for you. But the better you can understand yourself and what offends you, the better you can handle those stressful responses in the future.

🌟 The answers to your “Why” are the reasons to your suffering. 🌟

I’m not saying be offended for the sake of being offended. We’ve been missing the second step for far too long! I’m saying be offended…and let it be your gateway towards introspection, towards better understanding yourself and your sense of identity. 👤

So please: Be offended…AND ask yourself “Why?” Just don’t forget the second step! ❤️ #TranscendLabels

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