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Change Your Mind to Reach Bigg Success

music-lessonsThis is our second installment of Music Lessons. Today, we’re going to look at a song by Sister Hazel.

Their tour starts today so Hazel Nuts are going gaga. Their new album, Release, has been a hit. It’s the #1 rock album in iTunes.



But our focus today is on an older song of theirs, Change Your Mind.

Want to feel better about today?

Then change your mind! That’s the general message of the song. It sounds so simple, but it really is a great prescription.

The song starts out, “Did you ever think there might be another way to just feel better, just feel better about today?”

It highlights that all change starts from within. We have to think there is a better way. We have to think differently than we have before to feel better once more.

Decide to persevere

The song continues, “If you never want to leave to turn and go away, you might feel better, might feel better if you stay.”

Those may be the most powerful words in the whole song. Change your mind by deciding to stay.

When the going gets tough, the tough stay and fight. Doesn’t have the same ring as the saying we’re used to. But flight is often what keeps us from achieving our dreams.

The tough persist. They don’t give up. The tough resist the natural, human tendency to see the grass as greener on the other side of the fence.

Decide to take it all in

The next verse starts with some great questions:

“Have you ever danced in the rain?
Or thanked the sun just for shining?
Or the sea?”

Then they tell you why it’s so important to ask those questions: “Take it all in, the world’s a show. And yeah, you look much better, look much better when you glow.”

Isn’t it true? When troubles mount, when a challenge looms large, doesn’t it help to just get away for a few minutes and calm down? When you experience the magnificence of nature, the issues you face seem so much smaller.

Decide to give up … with a twist

There’s a great twist in the next verse. They say: “If you’ve had enough of all your tryin’, just give up … the state of mind you’re in.”

They don’t say to give up. They say to change your mind! Look at things in a new way and try, try again!

They continue by saying: “If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind.”

Stop. Stop beating yourself up. Stop wishing you weren’t you.

You are a special person. Change your mind and show the world your gifts.

An unusual call to action

They close the song with what may be the most unusual call to action we’ve ever seen: “What ya say we both go and seize the day. ‘Cause what’s your hurry, what’s your hurry anyway.”

Get going. Do it now. But don’t get in such a hurry to reach your destination that you don’t enjoy the journey along the way. Enjoy the good times and the bad. Enjoy the people you love.

Because when you do reach your destination, when you’re living the life of which you dream – life on your own terms, you’ll look back and realize that your journey is part of the prize!

Change your mind! It leads to bigg success!


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Thanks so much for reading our post today.

Since we’re nearing Halloween, next time we’ll haunt you with a tale of four wicked witches that often prevent you from reaching bigg success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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The Hero Within the Hero

reflection Today we wrap up our 3-part series on heroes. We started by discussing what makes a hero a hero. Last time, we looked at the heroes behind us, where we played off the Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Well … the only way we could get that song out of our heads was to talk about another one. So today we’re going to look at Mariah Carey’s Hero.



We love lyrics and Mariah Carey certainly has strung together some powerful words in this song. It’s particularly appropriate in the tough times we face right now.

We’ve all heard the song, but you may not have really thought about the words. So here we go …

Who are you?

It starts off …

“There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are”

We may feel a fear that if we show people our true selves they won’t like us. They won’t accept us. We might be embarrassed because we won’t succeed.

It’s ironic … in many cases, it’s this fear that keeps us from succeeding. Because each of us has something very unique to offer the world. It’s born in us. It’s our duty to develop it. To show the world our authentic selves.

The promise

The verse continues …

“There's an answer if you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know will melt away”

We just love this. There’s a promise if we reach within ourselves. We can do it. You can do it! Makes you think of an Adam Sandler movie, doesn’t it? We won’t go there!

You can find the answer to whatever problem you are facing. You and you alone have the solution.

Love begins with you

Then we come to the 2nd verse…

“It's a long road when you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
You can find love if you search within yourself
and the emptiness you felt will disappear”

We’ve talked about this before. It is impossible to truly love other people if you don’t love yourself. Love begins inside each of us. If we can’t see the beauty within us, we’ll never experience the beauty around us.

Finding the way

Now we come to the final verse …

“Lord knows dreams are hard to follow but don't let anyone tear them away
Hold on, there will be tomorrow, in time you'll find the way”

We have to stay true to our dreams even when they’re tested. We have to hold on. Martin Luther King had a dream. We’ve recently witnessed what happened!

We have to keep searching for the answer. But we know we will find it and we will achieve our dreams.

It starts with an attitude

Because when all of this is going on, when your problems seem insurmountable, when the world around you is nothing like the world you envisioned … 

“… then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive”

It all starts with an attitude. You have to look within yourself – deep within yourself – with the confidence that you will find the answer. You know you’ll come back strong. You know you will survive.

Cue Gloria Gaynor? No, we’ll pass on that!


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A final thought

In a world that is looking for heroes, in a time when people are fearful and pessimistic, what should our response be?

“… when you feel like hope is gone look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth – that a hero lies in you”

We’re so grateful that you read our post today. Join us next time when we look at what to do if your employer stops matching your 401(k) contributions. Until then, here’s to your bigg success! 


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