(28) Bruce Van Horn’s Motivational Stories About Self-Esteem and Living Intentionally

Bruce Van Horn PhotoWhat would your outlook on life be if you found out you were married to a schizophrenic, lost an infant daughter, declared bankruptcy twice, and nearly died when you were getting surgery for prostrate cancer? Bruce looked at all the hardships as opportunities for growth, deeper faith, and living life intentionally!

Bruce shares motivational stories of overcoming low self-esteem and how to train yourself to live intentionally.

Bruce is a Dad, a writer, coach, entrepreneur, speaker, runner, and a lot of other things as life demands. His personal motto is: “Life is a marathon, so let’s train for it!”

Bruce’s Story


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Teachable Moments

  • Being too busy may be a result of saying yes to too many things. Saying yes to too many things could be a result of having low self esteem.
  • Saying yes to something is also saying no to something else. Set your intentions and say yes to what you want your life to look like. Say no to what reflects struggle and strife.
  • It’s okay to be selfish. It’s okay to say “no”. If you feel a sense of internal conflict, stick up for yourself and say what will best serve you.
  • “Motivate the mind and the body will follow.” Bruce learned that once he decided to start running marathons, his body adapted and he was able to get in the necessary shape to accomplish his goals- mentally and physically.
  • The story we play in our minds is (more so than not) the story we end up living.
  • Life provides many opportunities to live intentionally.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • There are no accidents. Our lives unfold in ways that are co-created by our relationship with ourselves and with God.
  • Most of our experiences are universal. We tend to think our issues only happen to us. More so than not though, someone out there is going through something VERY similar.
  • One of the problems that impacts your self-esteem is that when something bad happens or someone says something bad to you, you tend to play that story over and over in your head. The playing that story over and over in your head creates a belief, which becomes an internal truth for you. It’s a problem because, all along, it was never true.
  • There are many things in life that you do have control over but some how, some way, you gave up that control and started reacting to devastation and disappointments.
  • By understanding the fact that you choose your thoughts is the key to taking back control of your life.
  • Feeling truly connected to something greater and knowing you have a sense of purpose (despite knowing what that purpose is) is reason enough to say yes to life.

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Challenge and struggle is all but a blessing in disguise. 
Posted: December 30, 2014 By: Comment: 0