The Power of Beliefs:

If bones form the skeleton of our physical being, beliefs form the scaffolding of our mental selves. Beliefs have tremendous power, and can have either a positive or negative impact on our lives.

We hold beliefs about everything. We develop these beliefs based on those around us, our experiences, and the media.

Beliefs about ourselves can have the most dramatic impact on our life. Some of the most successful people in history have overcome incredible adversity to realize their dreams. One key factor in their success has been an unwavering belief in themselves.

I have been fortunate to have many people in my life who have believed in me. My father was one of my biggest cheerleaders. I can still remember him at my soccer games saying “Run Reuben, run.” He instilled in me the importance of a positive attitude. My dad also taught me that happiness comes from within, and can’t be obtained from external sources.

It’s easy to forget that nobody can be you, and that we are all created to serve a unique purpose in this world. The how and when isn’t always visible to us, but we are all born with an innate sense of greatness, and destined to shine in our own way.

So believe in yourself, and how great you are, because not only will you feel better, but you are more likely to have a positive impact on those around you as well. Like Oprah always says, your greatest accomplishment is simply to be YOUR best SELF.

Summer!

Summer weather is finally here! The weather can have such a huge effect on our mood. Especially in New York City, restaurants open their window fronts, there are people eating and drinking at sidewalk tables, and children playing in the parks.

This is a great time of year to check in with yourself, and be mindful of where you are versus where you want to be. Whether it’s by taking a walk in Central Park, enjoying an iced coffee outside, or riding a bike, the sunny weather provides the perfect opportunity to clear your head, and reflect.

Don’t just think about goals and resolutions, think about your relationships as well. How are things with your family, your friends, your co-workers? How is your relationship with yourself? Are you taking care of your health, stepping out of your comfort zone enough, and rewarding yourself, for well, just being you?

Summer flies by, and before we know it, it will be labor day, so use the sunny weather to grow yourself more towards the best you can be.