You Will Accomplish More With A Positive Attitude


Bad attitudes plague everybody at some point. You wake up with a less than glowing attitude and the rest of the day follows suit. The more negativity you given to, the less likely you are to be moved by the good things happening right in front of you. It’s not always easy to maintain a positive attitude–especially when those around you aren’t either. But choosing to keep a positive attitude is imperative in order to get the most out of the day and to set yourself up to succeed.

Here are 4 things to consider in regards to attitude, by John Maxwell.

1. Your attitude is a choice. 

2. Your actions are determined by your attitude. 

3. The people you choose to keep company with are a reflection of your attitude. 

4. It is easier to maintain a positive attitude rather than regain one. 

Things You Should Consider About Your Digital Afterlife


Humans have been contemplating the details of death from the very beginning. Civilizations have formed beliefs on not only what happens to the body and the soul after we die but also on what should happen to the things we leave behind–family, legacy, possessions and our physical bodies themselves. Today, we have a new concern to add to this list that our predecessors did not–what happens to our online lives after we die? 

Jeff Quipp, founder of Search Engine People, says that “many people will prepare a will to manage what happens to their possessions after their death [but] most have likely not considered what happens to their digital information.”

According to Facebook, there are over 30 million Facebook accounts that belong to people who are deceased. 3 Facebook users die every second. And around the year 2060, there will be more accounts on Facebook that belong to the deceased than their will be the living. 

The scary thing is, Facebook is just one of hundreds of online footprints most of us have. Consider the email accounts, shopping accounts, YouTube videos, tweets, blog posts, Instagram pictures, and resumes on LinkedIn. While not everyone wants their digital existence to live on after they die, what we want done with all of these accounts needs to be something we consider and plan for. 

There are services our there that can track logins and passwords and even instructions that will guide loved ones in handling the deceased person’s online presence such as Asset Lock.  One somewhat creepy step further, LifeNaut is a company that gives people the ability to create a “DNA” profile to be used in the process for future cloning. 

No matter what we each individually believe happens after we die, one thing is certain, we will have digital footprints that live beyond our physical selves and we should consider the meaning of this.

Jeremy Toeman, Founder of LegacyLocker (now PasswordBox), explains how inheritance is changing for all of us: 

“Today, you get a shoebox full of pictures; tomorrow you will get a Flickr Account. Today, you get a diary; tomorrow you will get a blog.”


Ready to get planning? Here’s one place to start: The Digital Beyond is a site that maintains a list of online services to help you plan for your digital afterlife. 

Need to close someone’s account after death? Start with these links: Facebook, TwitterPayPalGmailMicosoft, Flickr/Yahoo, WordPress, Instagram, Apple.

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8 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Live, Love And Lead From Martin Luther King, Jr.,_Jr..jpg

1. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

2. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

3.  “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”

4. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

5. “It is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.

6.  “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

8. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”


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Have Courage When Life Does Not Go As Planned

It never fails. Life just does not ever play out how I imagine it to. And no matter how much perspective I think I have, each time life takes a different course, I am caught off guard.

I think it’s the knowing. It’s a good feeling knowing what to expect. It’s always more comfortable to be in control and to be the one making the choices.

But no matter how safe you think you play it, changes happen and sometimes, they’re going to knock you off your feet. There is one factor that can always be controlled–how you react–how you respond to the things that were never what you expected but with or without your say, have become a reality.

“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” -Joss Whedon


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Embrace All That Is Challenging, Imperfect and Full of Courage. Live Optimistically.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Einstein

I’m an optimistic person. I believe people really can change, the impossible can be done and that the most incredible things in life come from mistakes and failures. Sometimes that means I can come across as a dreamer. Sometimes it makes me an intense person to be around. Sometimes, I often focus too far forward, I try to do too much, expect too much and I’m rarely content; there’s always something to improve upon.

Every once in awhile, I start to second guess myself. I get tripped up by the mistakes I’ve made and start to focus on the minute details that, in the grand scheme of things, do not matter. When I enter in to periods like this, my focus turns inward and negative. The little cynic inside pushes through and I get caught up in criticism and doubt. When I am finally able to look at those times behind me, they are marked by a darkness and lack of clarity that I wish I could have just been strong enough to see through in the first place.

When I started this blog, I decided to call it The New Remarkable and dedicate it to all things challenging, imperfect and full of courage. To me, this is optimism is at it’s best. I know that not every day will be wonderful; life does not always work out as planned and everybody has dark moments.

Everybody has dark moments. We are all the same in that how we choose to see the world is how we can shape our own experiences.

Optimistic living does not have to mean we don’t see things as they really are. It can mean that we work hard to see things through many points of view, and we choose to think the best of it all. We can smile through dark times because we know they will pass and when the pain of life seems absolutely unendurable, because positivity is something that is practiced, over and over, our strength will eventually help us move on.

Optimism is a matter of habit. Every day, make a concerted effort to be more positive–observe others who have a optimistic attitude and how they handle their own life situations. Give support and be as enthusiastic about other’s success as you are about your own. Smile. Work on improving yourself enough that you have no time to criticize other people. Do not be a victim. Challenge yourself, find beauty in imperfection, take chances and be your authentic self–it’s worth it.


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Read This & Lighten Up–It Could Be The Best Thing You Do Today


We want to please others. We say yes when we should say no. We agree when we don’t. And we shut out our authentic selves if we feel it’s necessary to fit in. 

The ability to be one’s genuine self and to be comfortable doing is extremely powerful. But the desire to remain favorable to certain groups or people can make it hard to do just that. Here’s something I recently read one of Danielle Laporte’s blogs on the reasons to be authentic. I couldn’t have said it any better. 

If you’re showing up as honestly as you know how to — you’re going to annoy someone. Criticism and counter opinions are part of dynamic expression and creativity.


If you’re not generating some resistance, you’re probably not fully stepping out.


For every seven people applauding, one person will hiss-boo, one will be indifferent, and one will be less than sane. Show up anyway. In public.


You won’t please everyone.
You won’t please one person all of the time.
Hell, you won’t even please yourself all of the time.


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