Part 1 | Strengths and Inspiration

InspirationLifeEDITApril 12, 2016

Food for Thought and Action:

The world around us is created, recreated, shaped, and reshaped by one thing: action. That said, every action in the outer world first began in the inner world.

Awareness leads to thought. Thoughts lead to emotion. Emotions lead to actions. Actions lead to results.

By cutting out the middle-stuff, we can see that our awareness leads directly to our results. So, what we spend our time thinking about (aka focusing our awareness upon) has a rippling out, real-world effect.

That’s because what we focus on triggers a chain reaction that unavoidably leads to actions—this includes speech, body language, behavior, and anything else that can be observed and sensed by those outside of us.

So, what separates a change maker from the rest of the world? Their awareness. What they focus on. The chain reactions they incite and encourage in their mind. Think about the mindset of the following individuals and ask, “What do they all share in common?”

Khalil Gibran | Esther Abraham Hicks | Marilyn Monroe | Abraham Lincoln | Mother Teresa | John F. Kennedy | Martin Luther King Jr.| Nelson Mandela | William Shakespeare | Winston Churchill | Virginia Woolf | Bill Gates | Muhammad Ali | Mahatma Gandhi | Margaret Thatcher | Charles de Gaulle | Christopher Columbus | George Orwell | Charles Darwin | Elvis Presley | Albert Einstein | Paul McCartney | Plato | Leonardo da Vinci | Robert De Niro | Louis Pasteur | Leo Tolstoy | Pablo Picasso | Vincent Van Gogh | Franklin D. Roosevelt | Thomas Edison | Rosa Parks | Mark Zuckerberg | Ludwig Beethoven | Oprah Winfrey | Indira Gandhi | Eva Peron | Dalai Lama | Walt Disney | Peter Sellers | Barack Obama | Malcolm X | J.K.Rowling | Richard Branson | Pele | Angelina Jolie | Jesse Owens | Harper Lee | Ernest Hemingway | John Lennon | Henry Ford | Michael Jordon | Ingrid Bergman | Oscar Wilde | Coco Chanel | Amelia Earhart | Charlie Chaplin | Sting | Alfred Hitchcock | Michael Jackson | Madonna | Cleopatra | Grace Kelly | Steve Jobs | Babe Ruth | Sigmund Freud | Woodrow Wilson | Katherine Hepburn | Audrey Hepburn | Salvador Dalí | David Beckham | Tiger Woods | Usain Bolt | Carl Lewis | Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis | C.S. Lewis | Billie Holiday | J.R.R. Tolkien | Anne Frank | Julie Andrew | Florence Nightingale | Marie Curie | Stephen Hawking | Tim Burton | Lance Armstrong | Shakira | Meryl Streep | Jon Stewart | Wright Brothers | Tom Cruise | Rupert Murdoch | Al Gore | Sacha Baron Cohen | George Clooney | Kylie Minogue | Malala Yousafzai | Stephen King | Napoleon Bonaparte | Galileo Galilei | Gabrielle Bernstein

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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4 thoughts on “Part 1 | Strengths and Inspiration

  1. They were all doers Zach. Which is what I have to do now in my life. I’m at a stage where I have to make some decisions and get my purpose back in my life after a tumultuous year. I’ve been thinking so much but need to get out and just do. It’s hard though when you’re not that sure what that is exactly, when I’m still searching for that direction and purpose.

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