Top 3 Takeaways from Sean Stephenson

Sean Stephenson is a life-coach, therapist, author, and motivational speaker.

I recently had the honor of meeting Sean at a quarterly peer group meeting in Orlando Florida, and I was completely blown away by his words of wisdom. Although born with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, his stunted growth and many other challenges he has faced hasn’t stopped him from making the world a better place with his inspiring outlook on life. I’d like to share with you my 3 top takeaways.

1 — Hack Your Emotions

When you take a step back and truly look at us as human beings, we all share one commonality that can bring us together, tear us apart, and has the power to completely destroy us: our emotions. Those feelings of love, hate, fear, and joy are so powerful that they can control our lives, make our decisions for us, and can even influence our own destiny. Sean tells us to hack our emotions, to take the time to step outside ourselves, observe, and analyze those emotions and how they influence the choices in our lives. When you become more aware of your own emotions, you can learn to master them, shift them, guide them into the right direction, and you can take charge of your life and in turn, more effectively influence others.

2 — Create a Vision For Your Life

Our fears and insecurities only create distractions from our life goals. When you encounter a challenge or disappointing circumstance, it’s time to rise above your own doubts and keep pushing forward, because you are the only one who can control your own destiny. You have the biggest influence over your life. Your attitude and your actions create this energy that can either be your driving force or a road block. Find out what is it that you want for yourself in this life, the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and create your own vision for your life. Follow your instincts and use them as fuel for your fire, then take all of your excuses and throw them out the window. No one said it would be easy, in fact it’s not supposed to be, sometimes the best things in life come from the obstacles you overcome to obtain them.

3 — Have Fun With Your Life

You have a choice when it comes the problems and stress in your life; you can choose to interpret what happens to you positively or negatively. Focusing on your fears, what you don’t have, and your dislikes, depletes your energy and makes you miserable. But, when you focus on your goals, appreciate what you have, and learn what you like, you’ll start to see the world in a brand-new light. As Sean’s mother once said to him, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” When you look deep within and learn to see the gifts you receive from the hard times, it can energize you and make you stronger than before. If you didn’t have stress in your life and you got rid of all your problems, then you would get rid of your drive, that character-building, problem-solving, tenacity of life that gives you strength. So, when you’re faced with those tough times, and you’re feeling stressed, change your mind. Ask yourself, “What’s funny about this?” turn the negative into something positive, get out of your comfort zone, and have some fun with your life.

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