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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. –Henry David Thoreau

When faced with obstacles and challenges that seem insurmountable, you must be able to rely on your own integrity and mental strength to push through and retain (or recover) that which is most important to you.

For each person, what’s important and worth saving will be unique. As will be the price you are prepared to pay to get and/or keep what you need to make the fight for it worthwhile.

(Reminder: You cannot put a price on your physical and mental health. They are the only true forms of wealth.)

Undoubtedly there will be times when you question the wisdom of past decisions or a path chosen to guide the future. However, when it comes to expending energy precious energy drowning in anguish over what was (i.e., the past) or suffocating yourself with fear of what is still to come (i.e., the future), there is really only one thing to do.

Embrace the “culture of no“.

No wallowing. No ruminating. No projection. No second guessing. No apologizing for who you are.

The only thing we are guaranteed of is this moment, right now. Give everything you have to making that moment count. That is all.

More next time. Until then, remember to LOVE YOUR WORK, whatever it may be.

PS I hope you’ll find the new RAISING THE BAR series inspiring. If so, please share this post with friends and followers. You never know what burdens others are carrying or how much their load might be made lighter by doing so. ♥♥♥


Raising The Bar is a new series for the SMARTSTART community that has been taking shape in my head for most of the time I’ve spent working to recover from catastrophic brain, spinal cord and psychological injuries resulting from a near fatal accident in 2009. Success, whether it’s in rehab, business, relationships, or life, hinges on our ability to master this simple formula: Belief (B) + Attitude (A) = Response (R).

I’m excited to be sharing it with you now as a next step in my injury recovery. Consider this your invitation to join me on a grand adventure. Oh, the places we will go! Including all the places that scare us most. For that is where the greatest opportunities for joy and happiness — the true measures of success — reside!