Let’s be honest, life can really suck sometimes. Life can be difficult. On our worst days, life can feel downright unbearable. So, how can we be happy and enjoy our lives, more often than not?
On last week’s podcast, we began to answer this question by exploring How to Make Every Moment the Best Moment of Your Life (in case you missed that episode, I highly recommend you listen to it here first before you dive into this one).
This week, we’re picking up where last week left off. By evaluating what enabled me to go to bed the other night, feeling like I had lived my best day ever, I’ve found a repeatable formula you can use to create the best day of your life, on any given day.
Today I’m sharing with you what I now do that enables me to make any day the best day of my life, why I do it, and how you can too.
- Why the best day of your life exists in isolation and not in comparison to the other days you’ve lived.
- How to stop the things that are all but guaranteed to happen from ruining the best day of your life. (e.g. traffic, disappointments, difficult people, etc.)
- Why living in alignment with your values is the key to experiencing a feeling of total satisfaction, fulfillment, and contentment.
- The common obstacles to living your best day and how to tackle them, one by one.
- The three-step formula for living the best day of your life.
“If we have the ability to choose or create our inner experience in every moment, then we have the ability to make any given moment the best moment of our lives.” – Hal Elrod
“The best day of your life is a state of mind. It’s a daily decision to live in alignment with your values each day, and it is a daily declaration that today is the best day of your life.” – Hal Elrod
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Hal Elrod: Hello and welcome to the Achieve Your Goals Podcast. This is your host, Hal Elrod, and thank you for being here today. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and I think you'll be glad that you did. We're going to make today the best day ever and talk about how do you do that? How do you make every day of your life the best day of your life? Or I should say any day of your life because it doesn't have to be every day. But how can you take control of how you experience your life in any given moment and any given day? Last week we talked about how to make every moment the best moment of your life. And today we're going to talk about how to make any day your best day ever. But before we do, I want to just thank our sponsor, Organifi. And Organifi has been a sponsor of mine for I think over a year now. I've used their products, though, for about four or five years, and they make the highest quality nutritional supplements arguably in the world. All made with Whole Foods, organic ingredients. No synthetic chemicals. They're all plant-based vitamins and minerals from nature, which is the way that Mother Nature intended you to get your nutrients, not made in a lab and synthesized with various chemicals.
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And without further ado, I am excited to share today's episode with you on how you can make any day your best day ever.
Hal Elrod: Goal achievers, members of the Miracle Morning community, friends, family, loved ones, hey, it's Hal. I'm so excited right now. Where do I start? So, my wife and I moved and our children. We brought the kids. We don’t leave the kids behind. So, my wife and I moved into a new house. We’re on some land. It's been a dream for a long, long, long time to live on the land. And so, finally, we've been saving for it for years. We've had an account for years, maybe a decade. I don't even know. It's been a long time and we finally did it. So, we've been moving this past week. Really, really exciting. I am recording this podcast in my new office, which is looking out at the land, at nature, at trees. It's just beautiful. So, that's really exciting. Really surreal. Also, this is new podcasting equipment. So, if I sound better right now than I normally do on the podcast, that's because this is the first time recording on this new podcast set up and it's long overdue. You may have noticed I've had like technical issues for the last I didn't even know, off and on, like occasionally my producer will email me and go, "Hey, halfway through your podcast, your voice starts crackling,” and I'm like, "Crap, what do I do?” He's like, "Why don’t you just get new equipment?” So, finally, I got all new equipment so I'm really excited. It sounds, at least in my ears, it sounds really good. It sounds really clear.
And I'm also excited because what I'm going to talk about today, it's actually following up on last week's episode. If you listen to last week's podcast, it was called How To Make Every Moment the Best Moment of Your Life, and literally, not just some motivational hyperbole like, "Rah, rah, it's the best moment ever!” But how do you do it? What do you do psychologically? What do you do internally? What paradigm do you need to live from to see any given moment as the best moment of your life? And in kind of in summary, if you were to recall the best moment of your life, most people they think back to recall a unique, exceptional, extraordinary event or circumstance in their life, such as the birth of a child or your wedding day or the day you won the lottery or whatever. And last week's podcast was the idea that the best moment of our lives, of your life, of my life isn't dependent on external circumstances and that it never has been because the best moment of your life is always about your inner experience. So, two external circumstances could happen to two different people and one person says, "The best moment ever,” they love it. The other person goes, "Oh, it wasn't what I wanted.” It was like okay. Well, was the experience, the event, what made it the best moment ever or was it your interpretation of the experience or the event?
And if we have the ability to choose our inner experience in any given moment meaning choose the meaning that we give to what's going on around us, if we have the ability to choose or create our inner experience in every moment, then we have the ability to make any given moment the best moment of our lives. And so, if you want to listen to that episode, let me double-check which episode number it is. Go to HalElrod.com/382. I highly recommend it. I felt like it was a really important episode for all of us to really get the most out of life. So, Episode 382, HalElrod.com/382, How to Make Every Moment the Best Moment of Your Life. So, today's episode is How to Make Any Day the Best Day of Your Life. This wasn't planned. I didn't plan, "Okay. I'm going to do the best moment, the best day.” Almost all of my content, any podcast I record, any book that I write, anything I post on social media, it just comes to me in a moment of inspiration and I'm like, "Whoa, what is it?” And I just start writing it out and then I share it. And that's what happened. The other night I went to bed and I laid down, this was just a couple of nights ago. I think it was like our second night in the new house and I went to bed feeling so completely satisfied that I thought to myself, "Today was arguably the best day of my life.”
I laid my head on the pillow and I just was smiling. I felt so content and so grateful and so happy, and I thought, "This is the best day of my life,” and I've had that thought before. So, what caused me to feel that way? That's where I want to start, what caused me to feel that way. What happened that day, like what? Like, “Okay. Alright, Hal, you went to bed feeling it was the best day of your life. Something must have happened. It must have been a pretty good day. So, what happened on that day that was so extraordinary that it stood out above all other days?” And the answer and this I really explored the next morning through journaling. It was simple. I lived in alignment with my values. That's it. What made it the best day of my life? I lived in alignment with my values. So, what are my values? And we're going to talk about like today, I'm going to share with you a simple, repeatable formula. That's what came to me that night as I started to kind of evaluate what happened that day and why I was feeling that way. And then I wrote some notes that night and then I expanded on it the next morning in my journal and I realized that, wait, it's a repeatable formula like you can create the best day of your life on any given day. And let me be really clear for a second. I think that we get caught up with the word best and best is subjective.
And the best day of your life, though, consider that it exists in isolation, just like the best moment of your life exists in isolation, meaning it's not dependent on how it compares to other days in your life. It's not a competition between days to see which one is the best. That's not what this is about and what often causes us to experience dissatisfaction at any time in our lives or a day ending and going out today was a crappy day. What causes that is it’s comparing it to another subjectively better day or a better time in our lives or comparing it to an expectation that we have of what should have happened that day. In other words, it's resisting our present reality that causes us to be unhappy with our present reality. Comparing it to something else, comparing it to another day, comparing it to another expectation that we have. So, instead, I want you to consider, I'm inviting you to consider that the best day of your life is a state of mind. The best day of your life is a state of mind. It's a daily decision to live in alignment with your values each day, and it is a daily declaration that today is the best day of your life. It’s you literally deciding today's the best day of my life. And it's not because, well, and if someone asked you why, "Why is it the best of your life?” “Because I decided it was.”
“Well, what happened? Was it something extraordinary?” “Yeah, I woke up. I lived in alignment with my values and I went to bed.”
And it's this every day. I make every day the best day of my life and here's why. Here's one reason why. There's no good reason not to. I'm inviting you to start making every day the best day of your life. I don’t mean every day, by the way. You can be like, "Yeah. I'll do it like a few days, whatever.” Whatever. This is a mindset. But I'm inviting you to consider that just seeing every day of your life as the best day of your life because there's no good reason not to. Why not live in that state where you decide that no matter what happens today, it's going to be the best day of my life. In fact, I just remembered I read an article years ago. I think it was before I got cancer so probably four or five years ago, and it was about the best day. It was called like the best day ever philosophy I think, something like that, the best day ever philosophy. And essentially, the person that wrote it, I don't remember who it was but they said that when they're like stuff goes wrong all the time. In your life, something's going to go wrong. You're going to hit traffic or somebody's going to disappoint you or you're going to lose a client or whatever. Something's going to happen all the time. He said, "It's a lot easier to deal with challenges when you've decided that every day is the best day of your life,” and he kind of joked. He said, "Then when something crappy happens, you go, ‘Dang. Well, good thing it's the best day of my life or I might have let that throw me. I might have let that unexpected event, circumstance, or situation, that unpleasant event, circumstance, or situation, I might have let that really ruin my day, but not on the best day of my life. Heck no. That was just a small hurdle, a small bump, a small blemish on the best day ever, on the best day of my life.’”
And so, that's what this is. Again, this is a mindset. So, I want to go back to the story. Let me go back to the story of that night, falling asleep, feeling like this was the best day of my life, feeling so completely satisfied, and asking myself, why do I feel this way? And realizing, simple, I lived in alignment with my values. So, what are my values? Number one, I value, and here's actually five values in one but this will make sense here in a minute. I value early rising. I love waking up early and starting the day with nobody around. I value personal development. I love learning something new and growing and evolving and elevating my consciousness. I value spirituality. I love connecting with higher power, God, source, humanity, you name it, however you define your spirituality. I value solitude. I love solitude. It's like my favorite thing. I love being by myself able to just be, just to be with no distractions, no interruptions. I value solitude and I value exercise. I love moving my body and knowing that I'm doing something good for my body. I love that I'm generating energy. So, I value, again, early rising, personal development, spirituality, solitude, and exercise. There's five for you. And the beautiful thing is I'm able to live in alignment with all five of those values simultaneously every morning by simply doing my Miracle Morning. So, you can kind of say it’s killing five birds with one stone kind of thing.
In that morning, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I did my SAVERS, the six practices of the Miracle Morning in case you're new to the podcast, and I went outside around 6 when the sun started coming up. It was around 6:30 I think. And once the sun started coming up at our new house, we have this really cool hanging swing but it's a giant swing. It's like a daybed. You could lay across it completely and it's really comfortable. And so, I went out there, I laid out there, I grabbed a book, brought it out, and I watched the sunrise and I listened to the symphony of nature. It's incredible where we're at. There's a whole bunch of birds singing, every different kind of bird I can hear it seems like at once. There are roosters cock-a-doodle-dooing in the morning in the distance. There are dogs barking in the distance. It just was surreal. It was incredible. And then my wife a few minutes later, she joined me outside. I had a cup of coffee. I had made her a cup of hot lemon water, which is something I do for her in the morning and we sat together and I held her and we just talked about what we were grateful for and how blessed we felt in that moment.
I also value family and specifically spending quality time with my family and I have two kids, my daughter is 11, my son is 8. And that day after my wife and I had our pleasant time in the morning, I went and I woke my kids up with foot massages. That's what I do. That's my current wake-up strategy. I've done stuffed animal, puppet shows in the past. I've done tickle rubs in the past. I've done waking up with affirmations in the past. Lately, I've been doing foot massages. They enjoyed it. So, I just reach from the bottom of the covers and start massaging their feet. That's my current wake-the-kids-up strategy. Then I was present while we got ready for school. I kissed them goodbye. My wife took them to school and then that afternoon I picked them up from school, so I picked them up. We had a dance party. We always do that in the car on the drive home. And then as soon as we got home, my son, who again is eight, he and I went for a bike ride. We played catch with the football, we played catch with the frisbee, and then this is where the episodes are going to get PG-13 I think. My wife, which is her dream by the way when we were moving into this property because we're on land where no one can really see into our land, was naked swimming. She always wanted to go naked swimming. It was like yeah, great. So, my son and I and my wife, we all went naked swimming in the afternoon for our first time at the new house, which was super cool. It’s very, very freeing up. If you’ve never been swimming naked like a swimming hole or something, it feels very free.
I also value health and that day I stayed hydrated all day. I had my Miracle Morning Live to 100 Smoothie, which has garlic and ginger and orange and like two dozen different ingredients that enhance my health. That afternoon I had a salad. I make a salad every day. It’s pretty intensive as well and then that night my wife made a homemade chicken dinner made with love. So, I ate healthy all day. And speaking of my wife, I value connection with my wife, and that day, we not only sat outside and snuggled in the morning but we made love in the afternoon, alright, little PG-13 for you, and we just engaged pleasantly all day long. I could go on and on. I'm sure there are other values that I lived in alignment with that day that I'm not thinking of like productivity, for example, contribution. That day I got work done while the kids were at school that benefited other people. So, I lived in alignment with those values but the point here isn't what my values are. I'm not sharing this to impose my values on you. It's to give you a real-life example of what it looks like or what it could look like to make any given day the best day of your life. So, at the end of the day, when I went to bed satisfied and I went, "Why do I feel so completely satisfied?” and it was I lived in alignment with my values.
And if that day I hadn't spent time with my kids, if that day I hadn't eaten healthy, if that day I hadn't done my Miracle Morning, if that day I hadn't spent quality time with my wife, it would not have been a great day. Definitely not the best day ever but it would not have been a good day. I would have felt unfulfilled. And I want you to really stop and think about this for a second. I believe that's why or I'm theorizing here, a theory that when people are unhappy, they're simply not living in alignment with their values. They're working at a job that they don't like. They're not spending time doing the things that are important to them. They're not taking care of their health. They're not spending time with their loved ones. And the day ends going, "Today could have been so much more. I should have done better.” And I think for too many people, that's too common. And if you look at, "Well, okay why is that?” Most people, they may not be consciously clear on their values. That's kind of step one. And actually, I'm going to give you three steps at the end of the episode, which I think we're getting close to the end. It's pretty short. I think it’s a short episode today but whenever I say that it always goes really long.
But regardless, so step one, it's knowing your values, right? It’s living in alignment with your values, or sorry, knowing your values, and then step two, you get to live in alignment with your values. And in order to do that, it's making sure that your schedule has activities in it that are in alignment with your values. If you value exercise, you value health, you got to make sure that you're eating healthy things, that you're moving your body, you value connection with your spouse. You've got to ensure that you're spending that time to connect with your spouse and so on and so forth. So, the best way or the way to make every day of your life the best day it could possibly be, it can be broken down into kind of a step-by-step repeatable formula, kind of like the SAVERS. You can go through these steps. And if you think about it, making every day your best day is measured by you going to bed at night, feeling totally fulfilled and satisfied. And think about what that would feel like on a daily basis. If every day you went to bed and you just exhaled with a feeling of total satisfaction and fulfillment, you go, “I did it again. Today was the best day of my life. I did it again.” And I'm sure there are some hiccups in there. There are, for me. There are days when I don't live in alignment with the values because I'm tired or I'm lazy or I'm stressed out or I'm distracted or I overcommitted.
I mean, these are all obstacles to make. Overcommitment could arguably be the biggest obstacle. If you're overcommitted at work then you don't have the time that you need to live in alignment with your other values, that's going to be a problem. That's the main problem. But imagine how it would feel to be totally clear on your values in writing. When I say totally clear, I mean, they're written out. I value productivity. These are the things I value. And then look at what are the activities that would be the aligned activities with those values. So, I value exercise. Okay, great. So, is that going to the gym for an hour, five days a week? Is that going for a 20-minute run in the morning? Is that going for a bike ride? For me, it's everyday going on bike rides and doing push-ups and lifting weights. There are certain things that I'm clear on for me to live in alignment with my values. I’ve gotten clear on the things that need to be in my schedule and that's where it becomes kind of tangible. And you don't need to write this down. I'm going to again break this into simple steps here in just a few minutes, but at the end of the day, going to bed, feeling totally in alignment, totally fulfilled, totally satisfied. For example, let's talk about what the values might be for you. So, if you value productivity and achieving goals then to go to bed totally satisfied and fulfilled, you would likely have made measurable, meaningful progress toward one or more of your most important goals. Simple.
If you value love and connection, you'd probably have spent some time feeling love and connection with people who you care about. If you value fitness, you would have surely gotten in a great workout that day. If you value variety, maybe you tried a new restaurant. You did something new that day. You experienced some level of variety. But ultimately, this comes down, this best day of your life strategy, I guess you could call it, the best day of your life strategy or the best day ever formula, whatever you want to call it. I don't have a name for it yet. But again, it's a state of mind. It's a daily decision to live in alignment with your values each day. And it is a daily declaration that today is the best day of your life because it's subjective. Literally, you could live in alignment with your values and go, “Eh, today could have been better.” Think about that. I talked about that in the Miracle Morning what I call gap focus, how it's human nature that we tend to focus on the gap between where we are and where we want to be, where we are and where we think we should be, who we are and who we could be. We tend to focus on that gap from a place of scarcity of I'm not enough of I didn't do all I could today. Today could have been better. And I want you to think about that for a second. It just goes back to the simple half of the glass empty, that old adage. That's it. The glass is half empty. On any given day, you can point out everything that you did wrong or everything that went wrong or everything that anybody else did or said that was wrong to you. And you can live that.
If you focus on the glass being half empty, you focus on what didn't go according to how it could have gone based on your opinion of how it should have gone then you'll live a dissatisfied life. Every day could have been better. That's why I say this is a state of mind because, yeah, every day could be better. How could it be the best day ever? How could it be the best day of your life if it could have been better? That's impossible. And that's a mindset. That's a mindset, a mindset that leads to dissatisfaction, discontentment, possibly unhappiness, and depression but the days could be exactly the same and you could decide which is what I'm inviting you to do. This was the best day of my life. Could it have been better? Sure. That's what's interesting. That's the - not anomaly. What's the word I'm looking for? The irony or the – no. I'm at a loss for a word, but there's this contradiction between it was the best day of my life and it could have been better. Now, as I say that though, I could argue that you could say it couldn't have been better, meaning you say, "No, this is the best day of my life because it went exactly as it went.” So, could it have been better in an alternate universe but if we're dealing in reality, your day went exactly as your day went. Now, in terms of could it have been better, tomorrow could be better meaning if there are things today that you wish you would have done differently then you could say, "Well, yeah, it could have been better if I had done this thing differently or better or the thing I didn't do that I meant to do so tomorrow I'll do that.”
But even an imperfect day, imperfect, by the way, perfection is a perception so imperfect is you just looking at that. It could have been different, could have been better, but even an imperfect day can still be the best day of your life if you declare it as so, if you decide. So, what did we talk about today? And then I'm going to give you these three steps to make this your best day ever to make today and any given day your best day ever. But it's really about the decision to live in alignment with your values and the declaration that it's the best day of your life, decision and declaration, the decision to live in alignment with your values, and the declaration that it's the best day of your life. And you definitely can't have the best day of your life without the declaration because you're deciding how you're perceiving the day. You can have the best day of your life without the decision, meaning if you don't live in alignment with your values, but you still declare, "You know what, today I did not do anything I intended to do. I did not live in alignment with my values at all. I would talk about being off my game but it was the best day of my life.” Now, you might go, “Well, how is that the best of your life?” Because I declare it so. In fact, here's how I would look at it. I would go, "You know what, I was so off today. It's the best day of my life because today I lived exactly as I don't want to ever live again and so tomorrow is going to be completely different.”
Today is the best day of my life even though I didn't live in alignment with my values at all because that taught me that I am no longer willing to settle for that. And I'm committed starting this moment from this point on to live in alignment with my values and maybe this episode is actually that for you, right? Maybe it's kind of that invitation where you're like, "Yeah. I haven't been living in alignment with my values but I'm drawing my line in the sand and from this moment on, I'm going to start living in alignment with my values. So, here's the formula as it exists now, by the time I write, this will be part of the new The Miracle Life, the new book. But as of now, this is the formula. And you can write this down as the best day ever formula or how to make any day the best day of your life, whatever words, whatever language resonates for you, lands for you. Step one is set your intention. In other words, declare that today is the best day of your life, and that's a daily decision, a daily declaration. And I'll go back to the example that when I was in the hospital fighting cancer, I still was living that this is the best day of my life, every day. I've been living this for a long time. I haven't talked about it but I have a bunch of shirts that say "Best day of my life” that I wear quite a bit. In fact, those shirts, I'm sure you can find them online, BestDayOfMyLife.com or I have no idea. I'm just guessing.
But number one is you've got to set your intention. In other words, again, declare that today is the best day of your life. Step two, you've got to know your values. You have to know your values. So, write those down, know your values and the activities that will allow you, I’m writing this down as I'm talking to you, that will allow you to live in alignment with your – sorry. I'm messing up. So, know your values and the activities that will allow you to live in alignment with your values. I think that’s better as identify. Identify your value. I'm literally writing the book as I'm talking to you, guys. And then step three is create your foundational schedule. Create your foundational schedule. That means schedule the activities that will enable you to live each of your values. That's it. Those three steps, that's your Best Day Ever formula. Set your intention. Declare that this is the best day of your life. And by the way, I'm not telling you what words to use, meaning, I am telling you what words to use but I'm telling you right now that you can use whatever. This could be your great day formula or your extraordinary day formula or it didn’t have to be the best day. If that bothers you, you might go like, for example, I use the word perfect a lot. I like to tell my wife she's perfect. And I'll say every moment, I believe every moment is perfect. In its imperfection, it's perfect. To me, again, it's perspective.
And my wife, that word irks her for some reason. She's like, "No, nothing's perfect. Nobody's perfect. I'm not perfect.” So, it's really just perception. So, the point being, if I was inviting her, I would never call it your perfect day. And you can call it your perfect day but I would never call your perfect day because I know her language. I know that the word perfect kind of irks her. It doesn't land for her. So, I would use a different language. And so, the point is whenever someone teaches you something or share something with you, make it your own. Make it your own. If the language, the concept resonates but the language doesn't, something just feels off when you read it whether it's an affirmation or a title or whatever, or in this case, the best day ever formula, then change it. Edit it. Make it your own. So, step one, set your intention. Declare that today's the best day of your life. Step two, identify your values and the activities that will allow you to live in alignment with your values. And I guess that second part could really be part of step three because step three is to create your foundational schedule. It’s scheduling the activities that will enable you to live each of your values. Remember, for me, I've got my Miracle Morning schedule that helps me, allows me to live my values of early rising, personal development, exercise, solitude, spirituality. All in one shot. All those values are lived from that one activity in my schedule. I value family time. So, I wake my kids up in the morning. I help them get ready for school. I pick them up from school. I play with them after school. Those are all activities that are in my schedule. Those are not by chance.
They're literally it says in my schedule, here I’ll read it right now. Let me see my calendar right here, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. be intentional about playing with Sophie and Halston. It's in my schedule every single day. In fact, if you look at my schedule, my schedules, all my values 4:30 a.m. wake up, 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. SAVERS, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. work on my number one priority, 7:00 a.m. wake up the kids, 7:30 a.m. go for a bike ride, 8:00 a.m. prioritize my schedule in alignment with my goals, 9 a.m. most important emails, 10 a.m. top to-do list, 11:00 a.m. record Achieve Your Goals podcast, 12:00 lunch, 1 to 2 is total time freedom. That's time for me after lunch while I'm digesting my food to take a nap or go in nature or go play basketball or whatever. So, my schedule is completely set up to be in alignment with my values. And so, that's what I'm inviting you to do there with step three is to create your foundational schedule. It's your repeating schedule that includes the activities that will enable you to live in alignment with your values so that at the end of the day when you crawl into bed and your head hits the pillow, you can't help but smile thinking to yourself and feeling, “Wow, I did it again. Another day of my life lived fully, another day of my life that was the best day of my life and I'm so grateful and I'm so complete. I'm so content. I'm so fulfilled. I'm so satisfied. I'm going to bed.”
And that doesn't mean that nothing went awry during your day. That doesn't mean that everyone met all of your expectations. It means that you decided to the best of your ability to live in alignment with your values and you declared, "Today is going to be the best day of my life,” and at the end of the day, you evaluated today was the best day of my life.
Hal Elrod: Friends, goal achievers, members of the Miracle Morning community, I love you, I appreciate you. I hope that today landed for you and I hope that you'll put it into practice. I hope that you will every day declare it's going to be your best day ever. Hope you will identify your values in writing if you haven't already, and that you'll create a schedule that you're excited about, because when you look at it, you go, "Wow, by living this every day, I'm living life on my terms. I'm living the life that I want.” It doesn't mean you don't have a job you got to go to. That might not be your dream job. There are certain things in our life that we've made commitments to prior that we've got to live up to those commitments, but we can keep moving in the direction of everything we want for life. And again, it's always an inner game first. It's always an inner game first. It's your inner experience that is responsible for the best moment and the best day of your life, and you get to choose that. So, own that, own that power, own that responsibility, and make every day the best day of your life.
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