“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born,
and the day you find out why.”—Mark Twain

Knowing who you truly are and being the best you can be means understanding that you’d make a lousy somebody else. The human spirit is a powerful force and is controlled by our ability to face our fears, struggle and make it through life’s storms. For this reason, our self-worth should always be the sum total of our thoughts, not the result of a miscalculation and multiplying of our insecurities.

Why are you where you are? Why are you doing what you’re doing? Why should you give it everything you’ve got, when less would be sufficient? Why does positive thinking matter?

What you are doing, at any given moment, really does matter. Every conversation, every workday, every practice and every interaction is vitally important and deserves your relentless determination and undivided attention. As you treat each situation with strict thoughtfulness, you become focused and present, and make everybody around you better.

Treat others the way you want to be treated so everybody leaves you saying, “I like me best when I’m with you. I want to see you again.”

When you put an undisciplined horse in the same field with a tamer horse, you usually end up with two hard-to-catch horses. When you put a healthy child in the same room as a sick child, you’ll often end up with two sick children. To be disciplined, healthy and extraordinarily significant, you must associate with disciplined, healthy and extraordinarily significant people.

As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” That is also true for positive energy and attitudes. When you’re a person who exudes positivity, you attract positivity. If you’re a person who stumbles through life focused only on the darkness, that’s often what you will find.

NASCAR Champion Jimmy Johnson taught me that in order to be your best, you must know when to accelerate, when to slow down, and when to go in for a pit stop to refill your tank. Keeping your energy high means noticing when your gas tank is low and taking the time to do things that bring yourself back up.

To be the best human means regularly practicing positive interactions and significant relationships. If you want to raise your energy, take small steps to practice positivity. Smile, laugh, engage, be curious, learn, serve, spend time doing things you love with people you love and one day you’ll realize your world is happier and healthier!

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