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We’re honoring Helen Keller’s birthday with these lessons she shared on how to live a purposeful life.

Helen Keller had so many reasons to suffer at the hands of her circumstances and never risk a connection to the outside world. Instead, she fought to have her voice heard, continuing to raise the consciousness and wellbeing of the world long after she left us. 

In honor of her birthday on June 27, here are 5 powerful principles inspired by quotes from Helen Keller on how to live a purposeful life:

One Person Can Make a Difference

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.” 

Recognize that taking small, consistent steps over time leads to change. Set manageable action steps that lead to longer term, successful outcomes in their lifestyle behaviors.

Be a Visionary

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” 

Vision provides us with energy, motivation, and passion—all things that fuel us to create change. Without it, we cannot begin to imagine the difference we can make.

Lead With Your Heart

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” 

When we come from the heart, we cannot be in a place of fear or alone in our journey. It is from the heart that we truly connect with others, creating authenticity, alignment, and opportunity.

Dare or Die

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” 

Just because we are breathing, it doesn’t mean we are truly living. Stretching out of our comfort zone and daring to go for our dreams is what it is to be alive.

Leave Judgment Behind

“While they were saying amongst themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”

It’s far easier to be a naysayer on the sidelines—or even, to believe those same naysayers!—than it is to step into the figurative arena and do the brave work of effecting change, and making things happen. When judgment or skepticism start to rear their heads in our minds, we have a choice: we can be part of that conversation on the sidelines, or we can invest our energy into making the impossible possible.

If you practiced each of these principles between now and the end of the year, what would be different in your life? How much more wellbeing might you create if you let go of fear and judgment? What changes when you start to live more through the lens of what’s possible?

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