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9 Hidden Life Lessons In Star Wars That You Need To Know!

9 Hidden Life Lessons In Star Wars That You Need To Know!

“In a galaxy far, far, away…”

As the world anticipates the return of the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo, let’s reflect on the wisdom of the Jedi, The Force, and the Sith Lord himself, in order to glean nine lessons Star Wars teaches us about life.

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    1. Commit to the life you want to live – and live it!

    “Do or do not… there is no try.” – Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

    We can spend our entire lives debating this and that, frozen in fear, fighting uncertainty. However, in life, nothing is certain. We can either waste precious time in limbo or make a decision and stick with it!

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      2. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and believe in you.

      “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader in A New Hope

      There is absolutely no reason to waste your time and energy on people who bring you down. Rather, fill your life with the believers and doers, people who inspire you and bring positive energy to your life. Otherwise, you may resort to the dark side…

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        3. Don’t lie to yourself. We usually already know what the right thing to do is.

        “Already know you, that which you need.” – Yoda

        Listen to your heart, The Force, and your conscience. Listen to that Yoda voice you hear as you fall asleep or the nagging thoughts that simply won’t go away. Though the road ahead seems perilous, the solution is within.

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          4. Don’t let impossible odds hold you back.

          C-3PO: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

          “Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

          Even if an asteroid field is hurling towards you and your odds of success are 3,720 to 1, don’t let this daunting ratio prevent you from following your heart.

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            5. Often success stems from overcoming failures.

            “Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” – Obi- Wan Kenobi in A New Hope

            Success cannot flourish without hard work. It is found only through trial and error, profound dedication, and the ability to see setbacks as stepping stones towards later victory.

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              6. Don’t let fear guide your life.

              “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda in The Phantom Menace

              Fear cripples us from doing what needs to be done. It prevents us from becoming the people we’re meant to be. It isolates us from others and makes us scared of those we do not understand. Historically speaking, fear has fueled many wars, genocides, persecutions, and riots. Clearly, Yoda was onto something.

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                7. Humor goes a long way.

                (as garbage compactor closes in) “One thing’s for sure, we’re all gonna be a lot thinner.” – Han Solo in A New  Hope

                When things get tough, it’s natural to freak out. However, freaking out isn’t the most productive or efficient way to solve a problem. Humor lightens the mood and allows everyone time to regroup and reassess the situation. It also keeps spirits high, enabling people to do what needs to be done. Plus, girls dig a guy who can crack a joke every now and again.

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                  8. Our thoughts and actions impact our future.

                  “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace.

                  What we spend our days thinking about, and actively pursuing, directly affects our future (for better or worse). Considering this, we should invest our time and energy into the things and people we’re passionate about, and the dreams we have, rather than focusing on the negative or filling our lives with empty distractions.

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                    9. Sometimes we just need to let it go.

                    “Let go of your hate.” – Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi

                    There is no room for hate, fear, and regret in our lives. Often, we just need to let it go so that we may finally be free.

                    Featured photo credit: What’s Your Favorite Star Wars Poster?/ Ant-Man via flickr.com

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                    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                    4. See failure as a teacher

                    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                    5. Take baby steps

                    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                    6. Hang out with risk takers

                    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                    10. Focus on the fun

                    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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