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15 Reasons to Run for Your Life


10 Reasons to Run for Your Life

Don’t walk away from these situations, RUN!  Life is too precious not to.

Start running from…

  1. People who keep hurting you. – Stop wondering why people keep hurting you.  Ask yourself, “Why am I continuously allowing this to happen?”  Speak up.  Stand up for yourself.  Sometimes we suffer, not because of the violence others inflict on us, but because of our own silence.  Read The Mastery of Love.
  2. Love that lies. – If another person steals the heart of the person you love, be thankful that you learned the truth sooner rather than later.  Because their love was never true – true love can’t be stolen.  We have to accept the fact that some people are going to stay in our hearts for a long time, even if they don’t stay in our lives.
  3. Procrastination. – Sometimes we ask questions not to seek answers but to affirm something our soul knows already.  You’re not doing yourself a favor by merely hearing the same answer from people over and over again.  It is accepting the truth, making a conscious change and finally moving on to other things that is your answer.  Give your soul a chance to explore the life you are meant to live.  Stop asking the same questions – at some point you have to make a decision and take action.
  4. Impatience. – The principle part of faith is patience.  When we walk by faith there will be times when we hear and see nothing, and are tempted to aggravate a situation in the best effort to make things happen faster.  We are tempted to sway from being faithful and patient, and attempt to create more options for ourselves, without pausing long enough to notice what is.  A faithful mind requires a patient will.  Things will not always seem to move fast enough in your life, but they are usually moving as fast as they should be.  Read The Power of Now.
  5. Superficial stereotyping. – If you judge others by their skin color, their body size, and their outer beauty, you will miss EVERYTHING about who they really are.
  6. Materialism. – No matter where life takes you, big cities or small towns, you will inevitably come across small minds – people who think they’re better than you – people who think that material possessions, dressing a certain way, driving a fancy car, etc. makes you a worthwhile human being.  But material things don’t matter.  What matters is having strength of character, integrity, and a sense of self-worth.  And if you’re lucky enough to have any of these things, never sell them.  Never sell yourself short.
  7. Rushed relationships. – Don’t rush into any kind of relationship.  Work on yourself.  Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself.  Do this first and soon you will get the attention of the right people, and gradually attract them into your life.
  8. The reckless expectation of perfection. – Don’t berate others for not being perfect.  Admire them for not being fake.  Even though you probably sometimes get confused, you don’t really want your friends and lovers to be perfect.  What you do want is people you can trust, who treat you right – people you can act silly with, who love being around you as much as you love being around them.
  9. People who only tell you what you want to hear. – It’s so easy to believe someone when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear.  But you have to watch what they do too.  Actions speak louder than words – actions speak the whole truth.
  10. People who continuously overlook your worth. – You are not a back-up plan.  You are worth more than someone’s second choice.  You can’t force yourself to stop loving someone, but you can tell yourself that you deserve better.  Never settle for second best.  Always look out for number one.  Because you can’t expect to be someone else’s priority if you aren’t your own.
  11. Situations that force you to be someone you’re not. – In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, the toughest battle you’ll ever have to fight is the battle to be yourself.  And as you’re fighting back, not everyone will like you.  Sometimes people will call you names because you’re “different.”  But that’s okay.  The things that make you different are the things that make YOU.
  12. A long-term situation or routine that you hate. – It’s better to be a failure at something you love than to succeed at doing something you hate.  Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.  The best thing you can do in life is follow your intuition.  Take risks.  Don’t just make the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen.  If you do, nothing will ever happen.  Read Quitter.
  13. The easy-street mentality. – Most great things must be earned.  There is no elevator to success; you must take the stairs.  So forget how you feel and remember what you deserve.  Right NOW is always the best time to break out of your shell and show the world who you really are and what you’re really made of.  Chances must be taken, mistakes must be made, and lessons must be learned.  It might be an uphill climb, but when you reach that mountaintop it will be worth every ounce of blood, sweat and tears you put into it.
  14. Self-doubt. – When you become your own best friend, life gets easier.  There is nothing to hold you back except you.  You are limited only by your imagination.  Rest in the knowledge that you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone’s heart but your own.
  15. Negativity. – Sometimes life sucks.  Sometimes life gets so hard that you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning.  Sometimes life is so stressful that all you want to do is cry.  But sometimes life is beautiful.  Sometimes life is so awesome that all you want to do is smile.  Sometimes you just have to stay positive, and push through the hard times.  Why?  Because life is worth it.  The good times are worth it.  You are worth it.

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42 Comments

  • Again a marvelous post Marc! Your posts always give a sense of positivity and help to make my days more positive. The truth is the world has enough ways to break us up with negativity, so thanks for helping me piece myself back together.

  • Love the last one. Way to end this post with a bang! And it’s so very true. Life isn’t always fair, but it still is a gift worth appreciating.

  • Truer words have never been spoken. Sometimes we have to let go and run away from what does not enhance our lives, so we can run into the things that do.

  • Great post, Marc and Angel! So packed-full of very valuable, inspiring advice.

    And thanks for recommending the book The Power of Now. I saw it recommended on one of your previous posts about a year ago, so I bought it and read it. Honestly - just like your blog - it helped change my perspective and grow beyond some bad habits.

  • Great one! Your posts keep me going even when I want to give up.

  • I really enjoy reading your posts. This one was particularly wonderful.

  • Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom. You may not realize it, but you guys have made a big impact on my life, and the lives of many I’m sure. I look forward to visiting your site and learning how to be a better, more positive person.

  • That’s so awesome. Your words work like magic… Always… Thank u :)

  • Your posts give me the hope that things can be different, we don’t have to be the “consolation prize” for anyone. We don’t have to stay with people who keep hurting us…. including family members. This post in particular is a keeper. Thanks Marc.

  • What a beautiful post. Just what I needed with my morning coffee to help me meet some big challenges I face today.
    You guys are great!

  • Marc - Amazing post. I must say you are improving day by day, and helping me improve in the process. Very insightful thoughts. Thanks so much.:)

    Happy Diwali to you.

    SB
    Bangalore - India.

  • Wow, this is one of your most amazing posts yet. I’m in awe of how all of these points hit the nail on the head, and me too! ;-) Thank you for these reminders. Bless you both.

  • Great one.

  • This is really a spirit-booster of an article!

    Let’s do our best people. Let’s let the wrong things go and move forward. We can do it!

  • I too want to thank both of you SO much!! I seriously await your posts. I look forward to them. I read every single word every time. Thank for making so many people’s days… and lives. :)

  • Thank you –times infinity– for this uplifting read!

  • Excellent words of wisdom. I want to frame this post and hang it on a wall so I can see it everyday. I needed to see this more than you know. Thanks for sharing.

  • As always, thanks for motivating me so much each week :)

  • I absolutely love your posts! Every post somehow brings about an awareness of what I am doing or not doing with my life. We all get off track every now and then and these posts always bring me back to what I need to do for myself, and always at the right time. Thank you for the positive reinforcements your posts seem to give.

  • As I open myself up to my maximum potential these quotes offer such insight and support; thank you Angel and Marc; Oh, and why can I not post to Facebook any longer? Is this just happening at my end? <3

  • What a good piece of advice! Thanks for spreading such positivity :)

  • This certainly made my day. I keep learning from the genius wisdom of this blog.

  • Awesome post! These were great pointers. “The Easy Street Mentality,” pure GENIUS! Most excellent read, Marc! Thanks. :D

  • These posts always seem to carry some inspirational message that helps to reassure me or answer something I have been thinking about recently. Thank you for these posts; they are truly wonderful.

  • Your full point about the principle part of faith being patience, is one of the best quotes I’ve ever read from you guys! THANK YOU!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful website. I read every single post and each one is full of wisdom and inspiration. Love and blessings.

  • Og Mandino saved my life once 40 something odd years ago, with a small book called ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World.’ It was the right inspirational words at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place.

    That day, I was a prisoner in a maximum security prison, consuming 60 years of correctional facility services. My actual life was at dire threat, and surviving day by day was a coin toss probability.

    That inspiration helped me survive, win a parole, go to college, and become a very successful businessman in a very closed and exclusive manufacturing industry.

    Today is the first day in the rest of my life, and so has every day been of these last 40 years…..

    But I said all of that to tell you that not all of the rational motivational concepts, even from Og Mandino, can do more than blunt the sharp pain of mistakes made in life. I haven’t found a way to forgive myself, and it has been a very, very long time. Nor has anyone else that knew me then, forgiven me either.

    I lost God, and Santa Claus, when I was maybe seven. The last a simple Christmas Wish, the first a Hope of Heaven. Which leaves me naught, nor all forgot for deeds which needs atone, forever bright some endless night, a starlight on a stone.

    And I keep pushing forward…

  • Great. Enlightening every crevice of my mind…

  • Thank you for this wonderful article… I love it. :)

  • And again, a very Awesome post. Just made my day, or maybe my life, because today is my start of my life - the rest of my life.

    Thanks :) a lot
    Keep it Up !!!

    Afghan’ Fan

  • I can only say LOVELY!!! Just LOVELY!!! Thank you for all these kind, inspiring words.

  • This post is truly motivating; its like sunlight in a dark room, a perfect guide everyone can follow when they are passing through bad situations…

  • What a fantastic collection of words. Please keep articles like these coming … really inspirational!

  • Marc and Angel, can I just say how it was a miracle that I accidentally stumbled across your website one day and have referred to it ever since! Every post you write seems to uplift me in a way that no one else can, especially when I’m feeling a little off track. What a wonderful blessing you have been not just to me but to everyone. I hope you continue to write about encouragement because you have no idea how life changing these posts can be! Bless you!

  • Thank you so much for the positive impact you give to me everyday.

  • Marc and Angel, I just want to say a big thank you for these words today.
    I felt miserable, lost in a complete darkness, but for some reason I found your website.
    Seriously, thank you for your wisdom and courage to share this wonderful knowledge about life with a stranger.
    You saved my day.

  • For me, the most painful is staying with people who consistently overlook your worth.

  • This post is absolutely excellent… more than you could ever know! I finally ran, and it changed my life for the better. I think it ticked off the one I ran away from, but it was the right path for me. Love, love, love!

  • What a wonderful post !

    It holds true for me on so many levels..

    I have been struggling with the concept of self worth and self respect for a while now. I understand everything but I am somehow unable to convince myself to take that step. Instead, I keep looking for quick fixes to my issues or keep wishing that life picks up pace and everything becomes okay in the future!

    It gives me great comfort to know that I am not a fool to feel what I do! Just need to pick up the pieces and shake off this rut ! Thank you! :)

  • Where have you guys BEEN for the last few years of my life!?! I would’ve had a much better life had I found you guys 5-10 years ago :-)!

  • I just happened along your website and the words are so inspirational. I do believe that everything happens for a reason not just by chance. I believe in god and I believe in the words of the article of inspiration I have read, I worked at a hospital and I always had a saying ” We go through what we go through, to help someone get through what we have been through.” The power of words will either hurt or heal and I wanted to say thank you.

  • Hi Marc & Angel…your website is amazing. Your articles are so inspiring. And at times I am so doomed and stressed, and then your post on that particular day has answer to my questions, answer to my condition and then I bounce back to life…I have been in touch with many of my very close friends as they find a soothing ear and touch in me…and I get the solace from your writings. I am blessed to have found you. God bless you both….with lots of love and regards…Suman

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