It has been awhile since I have written from my heart because my heart has been doing a lot of discovering, and often times during discovery a voice needs to remain silent for a bit…
But today, April 3rd is Scott’s birthday, and I felt compelled to express my gratitude for this community. Scott was one of the most grateful and gracious people I have ever known and in honor of him (and because of all you have done for me), I say thank you – to each and every one of YOU.
I thank you for being here and remaining a part of this community through the bumpy ride it’s been to continue it since Scott’s passing. You all welcomed me with open arms as I found my way last year and continue to do so as my own personal journey evolves.
There are so many beautifully challenging things that reveal themselves in every journey and I am doing my best to find the purpose in all of them. So, a quick update on what’s been going on behind the scenes… At the end of 2016, I (what felt like overnight) began to feel out of alignment. I felt a calling to continue to honor Scott through keeping Living Your Legend going strong but also felt called to honor myself and my own dreams, in addition.
To get back to feeling aligned, in January of this year I made the decision to bring on two partners to help me run Live...
Due to demand, we are upgrading our “How to Make Your First $1,000” workshop and offering our current workshop for 50% off for a limited time.
After being asked by literally thousands of you over the years during rigorous user interviews, we finally decided to host a live workshop on How to Make Your First $1,000 from Your Passions & Talents. It was a big success and the workshop has been available for everyone since 2014. Watch the short video above for workshop overview.
And due to high demand, we are upgrading the workshop and it will be ready soon for delivery. Until then, we have a lifetime deal for you that you don’t want to miss.
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But first, did you know know that Warren Buffett credits much of his earlier success to a book he read before he was even a teenager? A book that taught him how to make $1,000!
It changed his entire mindset around making money – he went on to have a pinball business, a paper route business, a used golf ball business, and of course he dabbled in stocks!
The mindset of making...
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.”
Happy Monday to you. Re-energized and excited to get back to work today?
Or are you feeling something else? Dread, fatigue, or maybe just preparing yourself to go through the motions for another week?
If so, we’re gonna help change that for you but make sure your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder!Are You Living Your Legend? The best version of you?
Hard to know, right? Well, we invested more than a decade of time and thousands of dollars on research and experiments to find an answer to that question. Done!
We now offer our community a wildly popular (and free) test that will quickly tell you whether or not you are truly Living Your Legend. Hundreds of thousands of you have taken the test. The results can be shocking and are a wake up call for most people. Make sure you make it all the way to the bottom for more details about this potentially life-awakening test.
Now let’s talk a bit about WHY we keep doing work we hate.
By now, you probably already know the terrifying statistics:
Live Your Legend’s entire mission is to turn these statistics upside down!
Imagine a world where 80% of people can’t wait to get to their jobs! If people spent time doing things they loved and were passionate...
I love any before-and-after story. Whether it’s in a book, magazine, TV show, movie, play, or wherever I might come across it, once I hear the “before,” I’m hooked; I have to see the “after.”
In fact, the working title of my book Better Than Before was Before and After.
Because of my love for these stories of transformation, it has been thrilling for me to hear reports about how my book The Happiness Project has helped people go from before to after. Ever since The Happiness Project hit the shelves, people have told me stories of how they’ve done their own happiness projects, in their own ways, and how these projects have changed their lives.
If this has been your experience, I’d love to hear about it – whether you’ve been in touch with me before, or whether this is your first time telling me about your before-and-after.
The tenth anniversary of The Happiness Project is coming up (how is it possible ten years have passed?), and I’m working on material for the Tenth Anniversary edition. I’d love to include some stories from readers or listeners about their own happiness projects. These stories might be included in the book, discussed on the Happier podcast, or featured on my site.
It’s fascinating to hear what people tried, what worked for them, and with what result. We can all learn from each other.
So if you have a story to share, please let me know! Email me and tell me about your happiness project.
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Mindfulness is a wonderful practice for everyone to participate in. Anyone can practice mindfulness during waking hours, regardless of surroundings. Sitting in silence for five minutes on a daily basis has been shown to have significant effects on lowering the stress hormone cortisol. The process can relieve stress, relax the body, and eliminate anxiety. Although extremely useful in treating addiction, the everyday practice of mindfulness can be beneficial to anyone and everyone.Examples of Mindfulness in Your Daily Life
Mindfulness practice is the art of being present in your thoughts and working to control them. The intent is to become fully present in your life, regardless of your surroundings or activities. This can be accomplished by becoming fully aware of thought processes and suspension of judgment.
One example of mindfulness is meditation. While the thought of meditation may be horrifying to some, it’s just the process of being alone and aware of your thoughts. It doesn’t require a teacher or an obscure yoga pose. Simply sitting alone and relaxing, you can slowly become aware of your thoughts. If your mind wanders, you can bring it back to another appropriate thought.
Another example of mindfulness in everyday life is simply being present. As you’re washing dishes, don’t think about tomorrow’s to-do list. Instead,...
My apologies for being a little quiet on the blog as of late. But every rhyme has a reason and the last few months I have been:
This is something I do intentionally on an annual basis, but given the major life changes I have undergone the past few years, I’ve revisited this process many times over since September of 2015.
Because sometimes in life things around us change and it would be silly to think that our wants, desires, and...
I am coming to Chicago to be a keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon taking place on March 2nd. Home of the Sparrow is an organization that partners with women facing homelessness to secure housing, achieve long-term stability, and chart new paths for their futures. As a trusted service provider, they provide a safety net for single women, mothers, and their children in Chester County, bringing organizations and people together to solve the problem of homelessness and to create better futures for women and children.
I am super honored and excited to be a part of this wonderful cause, so come join us if you are in the area or send along to someone who you think would be a bit! You can sign up here or call 815-271-5444.
Here’s to giving back,
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Today we get back to basics with a powerful intention setting exercise based on our legendary Four Pillar Framework!
As humans, we have a natural desire to grow and evolve. It starts when we are children and while we may not be as readily aware of it as we reach adulthood, a lot of general dissatisfaction people feel (even though there is apparent “success”) comes from stagnation.
When we accomplish goals or reach a new level in life, we may feel satisfied there for a bit, but then we tend to find ourselves wanting more, even though we have “succeeded.” Not necessarily because we aren’t fulfilled (but that can surely be the case if you are pursuing a path out of alignment with who you are and what you really want!) but because if you stay anywhere for too long it stops feeling great, because our nature is to grow. What was once your height, now becomes your baseline, so you can reach even greater heights!
And so, as Live Your Legend has evolved, so have its core principles. That is why today we want to revisit the backbone of Live Your Legend, the four pillars to The Passionate Work Framework! And because it’s a new year, it’s important that we be intentional about what we want to be, do and have in 2018! Intentions are slightly different than goals in the sense that goals are very specific and once achieved we tend to move on to the next goal. Intentions,...
The end of the year is a natural time for reflection of what was, appreciation for what is, and setting an intention for what will be. I like to think of it more as a good time to check our GPS to still ensure it is taking us to the correct destination.
Which is why every December we release our Free Goal Setting and Weekly Planning Workbooks. I am a big believer that these tools provide massive value, but given we are all about real results here at Live Your Legend, at the end of every year we offer a sale on our courses so that you can take ACTION to make 2018 the best year yet. Because to be inspired is one thing but if you don’t pair that inspiration with action, it doesn’t get you very far…. And we really do deeply care about every person doing more meaningful work, whatever that may mean to them.
So this December, for 3 days only, we are offering our biggest sale to date…
Access to all FOUR of Live Your Legend’s award winning courses for the price of one! We have never had an offer like this before.
In my opinion, living your legend is about living in alignment with wherever you are, alongside my two favorite words…. right now. Sometimes that means setting big and lofty goals, but I also understand that sometimes we need to take a step back before we can take another step forward.
The first year after Scott died, I coped by accomplishing a sh*t ton. There are definitely worse ways to cope, but it certainly wasn’t sustainable… So last December I brought on partners (who happened to be Scott’s friends) to help me run the business because I was running on half empty when I closed out 2016. I literally said the words aloud in my first partner meeting… “I feel 99.9% defeated.”
Yet this December I feel 100% alive and aligned, with even more to give. So how does that happen?
Well, if we don’t take the time to pause, notice and reflect upon where we are, it’s impossible to stay in alignment with where we are headed. I could have kept on going as I was; it was actually the logical thing to do! But I began to feel out of alignment and therefore didn’t feel like I was able to give the best of me to this community and to the people around me.
In a way, it didn’t make ‘sense’ to bring on partners because...
In this video, I share some of my truths and insights around passion and purpose. These topics have been on my mind as I moved back to San Francisco and have been creating new daily routines.
It’s funny how such an innocent question, “What are you working on these days?” can create an existential crisis.
I share my own vulnerable answers in the video. I hope you like it.
Feel free to leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com with your unique challenges. If you are struggling, odds are others are facing the same challenges as well. Find your voice.
– Chelsea Dinsmore
P.S. You legends are the ones out there living and breathing this journey, so feel free to share your advice to this reader’s challenge as well. This is my personal experience, but our collective experience is far more powerful. Share in the comments below.
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How a Veteran Used His Connection Skills to Have the Dalai Lama Write His Book’s Forward
I lay sprawled out on the sofa, gazing into the barren expanse above. My arm dangled off the edge. Below it rested an empty, one-liter bottle of vodka. The sound of a TV echoing in the background shielded me from an army of demons lingering at the gates. They waited for the inevitable: a single moment of stillness to storm into the emptiness of my soul.
The sun’s rays pierced through the pale, white shutters, disrupting my lifeless slumber. Awakened from my daze, I mustered a herculean effort to wrestle my feet onto the ground. Hunching over with both hands pressing against my skull, I saw the bottle of vodka glaring at me from the abyss—an excruciating reminder of the depths to which I had fallen.
As I looked up to get a glimpse of the outside world, the light stole my attention away from the noise, robbing me of my only comfort. A deafening roar of silence descended upon me. Exposed and vulnerable to the chaos...
One of my favorite things about being the Chief Inspiration Officer of Live Your Legend is to learn from and help people one-on-one. That’s why I love attending the LYL Local Events, like the ones I have attended in London, Perth, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the Gold Coast this year.
Scott loved how one post or video at Live Your Legend could be shared around and help an infinite number of people for an indefinite amount of time (as we have seen since his passing given his Tedx Talk is now at over 9 million views!!!), but I love the connection I feel when I am able to help individuals with their specific situation. Because, for me, it brings such a realness to what we are doing here at LYL. I absolutely love to hear where and how people are feeling stuck, lost, inspired, uninspired, etc.
Because as people have shared things with me, I have seen patterns repeat themselves over and over. It’s almost as if the very same roadblocks are just wrapped up in different packages – those that we call our own unique stories and situations. Often we believe our situation is ‘different’ because, well, it gives us a reason to stay where we are. It justifies our situation, and our resulting behavior to that situation.
This is all done with innocence, of course. As it is likely not...
So as I mentioned last week, a series of decisions came together to cause me to apply for a position to live and work in Italy for 2 months this summer.
My time in Italy is not necessarily glamorous. I am basically ‘the helper’ at the retreat I am working at. I am working in the kitchen (which I love!), but that also means I am washing dishes, sweeping floors, etc. – however, I could not be more excited about it!
We often tell ourselves we are entitled to a certain status because of our stage in life. But I don’t believe I am entitled to any certain status; I believe I am entitled to live my best life – however that looks! Because when we do the things we love, we simply cannot help but share that love with the people around us. I think we become a better everything – a better friend, person and citizen of the world.
As I was applying for the position, writing the first cover letter and resume I have written in almost 7 years, I was struck by how many decisions actually made me uniquely qualified for this! The position required someone with a passion for yoga, cooking and hosting, and potentially some help with social media. All things I had experience in because I had made some intentional decisions (that seemed somewhat crazy at the time)...
Scott believed that most of our deepest connections have happened far from a conference room, industry event or, god forbid, a “networking event,” but we will all still find ourselves at events like these from time to time. And assuming you find conferences that are congruent with your beliefs, they could be an unbelievably good use of time – and a total blast.
Today we are giving away 2 free tickets (valued at almost $1,300) to the World Domination Summit in July. It’s actually hard to call this much of a conference, though. It’s more of a Woodstock for World Changers- a party for people who want to make a difference in the world. Their mission is to create a community of adventurers from all walks of life that help each person pursue a big dream. You’ll meet some of the most inspiring and aspiring people on the planet! Read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win.
Before the giveaway, we have a special treat for you today. This is a lesson from our flagship course How To Connect With Anyone titled “The Art of Connecting at a Conference.” Think of it like a free sample / taste test of our best course.
The below article and video is just one of hundreds of useful and practical tools for introverts and extroverts found in our course curriculum. Connect With Anyone is all about surrounding yourself with people who will help you find and do work you love,...
As I mentioned in my last post on Scott’s birthday, I have spent over 2 months in Australia. I came out here for some stillness and space from ‘doing’ to do a little more ‘being.’ I showed up with a one way flight and no real plan at all. My purpose, in a sense, was to have no purpose and see what that non-plan plan would reveal….
Now, does one have to fly across the world to do some self-discovery? No. But a few different things called me here, and I have to admit – being away has challenged me in ways I likely would not have had the courage to do on my own. Out here I am unable to scratch metaphorical itches as they come up. Due to being about 15 time zones and many miles away from most people I would regularly see and talk to, I am forced to sit with things longer than I normally would. There aren’t the comforts and/or distractions I would have at home. I don’t have constant (or consistent) access to wifi, I can’t just pick up my phone and call or make plans to see people, and there are things I am forced to figure out daily simply due to being in a new place.
And as a result of all this, I have spent a lot of time alone. A LOT!
I’ve spent hours sitting on my surfboard and my yoga mat,...
Welcome Back Melinda, take it away!
The decision I made in 2013, in response to feeling stuck and dealing with unremitting eye pain, was what really changed my life:
I was no longer going to listen to others’ voices and instead listen to my own.
I started taking risks and caring a lot less about what other people thought and great things began to happen:
Then 15 months ago something happened that completely transformed my world.
I found Live Your Legend.
It wasn’t until I took the Live Your Legend Start a Blog Challenge that I began writing consistently and re-found my voice.
I had been blogging in my mind long before I started actual blogging…
But everything changed when I COMMITTED to getting my writing out of my head and into...