Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
I’ve learned to appreciate all I have every day – on bad days and good days. I grew up outside Washington, DC, in an affluent neighborhood focused on displaying what you have. I later worked at a high-paying corporate job that enabled me to have material wealth. But I didn’t feel fulfilled. Sure, I could have this great dinner and that great handbag and travel to all those places, but I still had an empty feeling inside.
As I’ve aged and evolved, so have my attitudes. Of course I like nice things. Everyone does. But at the end of the day, even if I have the latest and greatest of everything, what’s most important is what’s inside, and things like the people I surround myself with and how I feel in my body.
What’s helped me get on track and stay on track is recognizing little successes. Sometimes, small actual changes are more successful than big decisions. For instance, deciding to go on a diet of no sugar, no flour, no this, no that might be something I’d stick to for a week, but I’d be unhappy and it wouldn’t last. But if I say I’ll have dessert only when I’m eating out, that’s something I can more easily adapt to. That small hurdle is much easier, so I succeed. Then I feel good about myself.
There are lots of ways I make small changes that make a difference. If I’m feeling soft because I haven’t gotten any exercise lately, I’ll walk instead of driving to do an errand. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and try to stay in bed and meditate for just one minute. Even that one minute helps shift things and starts the day on a different note. Rather than saying I’m not going to use plastic anymore , I keep the grocery bags in the car so they’re already there when we need them. Then being more environmentally conscious becomes a habit. It’s one less thing to think about.
Small changes help us get to the next thing. When we make little changes, they become habitual, part of our daily routines. They build on each other and add up to larger changes. They help us appreciate what we can actually accomplish.
– Jennifer Sall
Explore More Meaning
spiritual psychologist. philanthropist. happiness harvester.
Lisa Cypers Kamen is a filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, radio show host, professor, and lecturer specializing in happiness, filmography, felicitation and philanthropy. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, InspireMeToday.com and PositivelyPositive.com. [www.HarvestingHappiness.com]
star reader. man of service. juicer.
Astrologer Kiel Pollitt writes horoscopes for several National and International publications. After graduating from The International School of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa, he attended George Mason University and The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. [www.Astro-Health.com]