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Leaving a Legacy: 10 Tangible Traits of Timeless Icons

Leaving a Legacy: 10 Tangible Traits of Timeless Icons

What will you be remembered for? Will you be remembered at all? Time does not show favoritism and a legacy is not easy to come by. These 10 icons whether living legend or not will not be easily forgotten.

If we would apply these icons life lessons to ourselves, the title of timeless legend could be ours as well. InstaFamous or immortalized which would we rather obtain?

1. Leaving a Legacy Through Humility – Genghis Khan

This icon took a people scattered by tribunal war and united the Mongolian people. Genghis Khan, considered by many to be the greatest conqueror of all time, at one point controlled more of the world than any other person in history has before or after him.

Known for drinking from wooden goblets instead of jewel in-crested grails, Khan never took the majority of his raid’s spoils but instead humbly and wisely let his warriors dive up the income. Through humility, he decided against taking on a Roman Empire which many thought Khan could have easily taken. Humility made this poor Mongolian into the greatest conqueror mankind has ever seen.

2. Leaving a Legacy Through Vision – Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK through 4 words galvanized an American Civil Revolution. Before King Jr. could give his renowned “ I had a Dream” speech he first had to have that dream. Martin Luther King Jr. took this teaching of Solomon to heart. “Where there is no vision the people perish..”

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A dream of a better day manifested by action was the vision he would give to his followers. While many argue that MLK’s dream has not been fully evident in America yet, this much is true – without that dream, we would not see the differences that we see in our society today.

3. Leaving a Legacy Through Hope – Jesus Christ

How did this, the largest icon on the list, amass such a lasting and large following? By giving them hope. Hope is the end all answer.

If anyone rich or poor, woman or child taps into this powerful idea and causes those who hear them, to find hope in something better, their legacy will endure.

4. Leaving a Legacy Through Dedication – Michael Jordan

In order for Michael Jordan to be iconic, he had to be dedicated. MJ’s dedication was challenged one night when his father was murdered by two men. Michael Jordan found within himself the dedication to not only return to the NBA but to become the NBA Champion as well. Dedication is part of what makes him a legend.

Michael Jordan found within himself the dedication to not only return to the NBA but to become the NBA Champion as well. Dedication is part of what makes him a legend.

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5. Leaving a Legacy Through Transformation- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was one of the most prolific child prodigies to ever touch the piano. That wasn’t enough for Mozart. Against his father’s wishes, he went from being a traveling pianist to become the greatest opera composer of all time.

Though Mozart failed to finish his Requiem, when you hear the rendition available today, it is steeped in a kind of transformation, that only true timeless icons can achieve.

6. Leaving a Legacy Through Being Unique – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama brought a unique power to the White House. She brought herself. She dressed differently, she spoke as only she could, and she stood up for what she believed in. Her ability to be uniquely herself is just a portion of her timeless traits. The legacy the First Lady has left has been an empowering one not just for women of ethnic background but for women overall. Michelle Obama has shown that you can be classy and sexy all at the same time even in the highest office by simply being yourself.

The legacy the First Lady has left has been an empowering one not just for women of ethnic background but for women overall. Michelle Obama has shown that you can be classy and sexy all at the same time even in the highest office, by simply being yourself.

7. Leaving a Legacy Through Value – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was an amazing martial art master before he was in movies. What Bruce Lee did to become an icon of the sport and of the films was by bringing something different to the screen. His value became evident when so many Americans flocked not only to the movie theaters to see his performances but also to the gym to learn his trademark art. Without the

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His value became evident when so many Americans flocked not only to the movie theaters to see his performances but also to the gym to learn his trademark art. Without the value, Bruce Lee brought, martial art films would have never spawned into the many markets they occupy today.

8. Leaving a Legacy Through Adaptation – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin consistently met adversity but he wasn’t destined to fail. Adversity or not he is a recognized forefather of The United States because he could adapt to circumstances. Adversity showed its face consistently and yet Benjamin through the use of pseudonyms, alternate lifestyles, and a mind built to always prevail cemented a legacy few have attained and he did it by adapting.

Adversity showed its face consistently and yet Benjamin through the use of pseudonyms, alternate lifestyles, and a mind built to always prevail, cemented a legacy few have attained and he did it by adapting.

9. Leaving a Legacy Through Reformation – Susan B. Anthony

In order to leave a legacy sometimes, you have to make a place for yourself. Susan B. Anthony the champion of the Women Rights Reformation did just that. She did not sit idle while her country forgot her and fellow women alike.

She did not sit idle while her country forgot her and fellow women alike. No, she faced the Federal Government formidably and overcame a history of oppression. She championed women’s suffrage and carved a legacy worthy of timeless recognition through reformation.

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10. Leaving a Legacy Through Being Relentless – Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon is one of the most misunderstood of all conquerors but that’s not what makes him an icon. Napoleon was relentless. He, after defeat, was banished to a lonely island. After being exiled to this solitary confinement of sorts, Napoleon saw an opportunity.

English ships passing his island became victim to the relentless power of Napoleon Bonaparte. With theses pirated ships, Napoleon once again became Emperor of Europe through relentless dedicated action. Even if he only held the office for a very short time, he showed how icons become timeless by never giving up.

Carving out a legacy and becoming popular on social media are two very different feats. In order to have lasting memories made, you must become iconic. Take these icon’s tangible traits and make them your own, if you want to be timeless. Leaving a legacy is greater than leaving a tweet.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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