What’s Your Definition of the Human Spirit? I Want to Know

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I’ve said a number of times that my success is due in large part to the power of the human spirit – something we all possess, but don’t always tap into. Usually, my audiences and clients know what I mean – or I think they do. But, one time, a man I was working with got really excited and curious and asked “tell me more about this human spirit”, how do you define it? He sincerely had no clue what it was, but was fascinated and wanted to learn more.

To me, the human spirit is the essence inside each one of us that makes us push boundaries, strive for change, that seeks justice and equality, that knows what’s true, right and good, that strengthens us to endure, that connects us to everyone, that makes us feel for suffering people on the other side of the world, that fuels our passions, that sparks our desire for innovation and betterment, that drives us to create beautiful works of art in various forms, that enables us to overcome and accomplish unheard of feats. It’s the stuff we’re all made of.

I believe that each one of us can access this wellspring of inspiration, strength and hope to be our best and highest self – the self that expresses our maximum potential. It is when we access this place that we are able to overcome the obstacles we face and find success and happiness with ease and grace. I believe this is possible for everyone. Undoubtedly, it is the primary reason I went from literally wanting to die to loving my life and all the opportunities it presents. Once I tapped into the tremendous power that is the human spirit, I knew I had to share it. That is why I speak, write and coach. It is my way of not only sharing my story and gifts, it is my contribution to helping raise the overall level of happiness and success in the world and making a real, substantive difference in lives.

Do you agree with this definition of the human spirit? What does the human spirit mean to you?

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