Recent content by Matt Maresca

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    What is Personal Development?

    If you're already focusing on personal development at age 17, believe me you are WAY ahead of the game. I wish I had started down this path at that age. Using forums like this are a great way to keep yourself focused. I wish you all the best. Keep it up!
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    How could you move on from the hurt in the past?

    What I like to do is separate myself from the situation. A lot of times we start going through cycles in life which take us down the same roads of thought and action over and over again. When something happens that is really painful emotionally, it's often best to take a step back and find a...
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    How do you exercise the power of choice?

    Ah, great response! Appreciation and productivity, excellent. You can also view this situation as a test. It is a test to see how you will respond. Most people will respond negatively and get frustrated. But you have the power to respond positively and make the most of the situation. A lot...
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    Do we expect too much from life?

    That's why there needs to be a separation between material gains and self improvement. To have true wealth we must focus on self and separate our true happiness from our possessions. This isn't easy and requires a lot of discipline. Sadly, most people will likely never get to this point.
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    How do you exercise the power of choice?

    Very good way to put it. I like that, I think I'm going to steal this philosophy!
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    Are You Content With What You Have Or Do You Desire More?

    Hahaha I know but I have to say that to keep up my aura of rugged masculinity while hinting at my sensitive side.
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    Do you live in the past?

    Well said! Everything in the past has made us the person we are now, but it's the actions of the present that make the person we are to become.
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    How do you exercise the power of choice?

    You can always choose to see the good in every situation. If your choice is to show up for work or lose your job, you may not enjoy working but you probably do enjoy being able to eat. It's up to you to fix your attitude on the positive aspects of your work. If you really hate working that...
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    Are You Thankful?

    I agree 100% that being thankful for everything is important. Even the not so good things have beauty in them. Sometimes this is in the form of a lesson that can be learned. Sometimes it's in the form of a test of how we respond to adversity. We've all received such amazing gifts, perhaps...
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    Do you live in the past?

    It happens all the time and is one of the most difficult things to get over. Many times I find myself trying to recreate the past, thinking that is better than the present alternative. In reality, though, I should just focus on creating a better future. Much healthier, much more powerful.
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    Are You Content With What You Have Or Do You Desire More?

    Material possessions is a whole 'nother ballgame. I agree with you that it is important to be content with your material possessions and not get greedy for overabundance. The best way to satisfy the human desire for more is through life and love, cheesy as that may sound. We will always want...
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    Half-Empty or Half-Full?

    By habit, I would classify myself as a half-empty person. It's always been easier for me to see the bad in every situation, just because that's the way I trained my mind to work over the years. Now, however, I realize that it is much more important to see the good in every situation, so I do...
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    Are You Content With What You Have Or Do You Desire More?

    My question for you would be--and don't take this the wrong way--what are you doing on a self improvement forum if you are content with everything you have? If you want to improve yourself, that is still about getting more in life, no? I'm certainly not content, nor will I ever be. Life would...
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    Do we expect too much from life?

    It may seem like a cop-out but this is only human nature. Of course we want more than the previous generations. We're already given more than previous generations. But this isn't a bad thing at all. This is what spurs on innovation and creativity. This is what brings out the greatness in...
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    What is Personal Development?

    I agree with much of what has been said above. But for me, "Personal Development" is all about power. It is about the power to achieve what I want in my life. It is the power to make my dreams a reality. By appreciating the process of personal development, I am appreciating life for all its...