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A conversation with Brandon Farbstein about Elevating to new chapters in life. What does ELEVATE mean to you?  Elevate is about living life to your highest potential and stepping beyond your self-limitations. It’s about using what you’ve been given to lift others up. I discovered this when I shared my story for the very first time, which happened to be on the TEDx stage. Despite being the center of attention wherever I go, I felt invisible for the first 15 years of my life. I was a victim of my own story and I was stuck. But then I found out how powerful it truly is to be authentic and vulnerable, because that’s where the extraordinary things in our lives come from.  Be your own hero, and realize that the world needs what you have to share.   What are some practical ways that people can ELEVATE in their lives? We don’t have to change everything for everything to change. Sometimes the biggest needle movers in life aren’t those monumental things we do, it’s the more routine daily activities that can have the most influence on our lives. There are so many things that take control of our lives every day and we end up allowing so much time and energy to be wasted on meaningless and insignificant moments. To ELEVATE your mindset, you have to be willing to get in the driver's seat of your own life. Understand that you are 100% responsible for the energy you are putting out in the world every day, and your happiness is a choice that only you can make. In order for you to experience different results in life, you must be willing to do things you haven’t done. Step outside of the place that is comfortable for you and challenge yourself. Be intentional about where your time and energy are going, as what you focus on will directly correlate with how you feel day-to-day. If you are spending hours a day scrolling on Facebook or Instagram and the majority of what you see is people complaining, being nasty, negative, etc…HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO BE POSITIVE? We all need that refresher sometimes, especially teenagers. We have complete control over who and what we allow to take up space inside our minds. Practicing gratitude has been a game changer for me with mastering my mindset because it gets me out of my head and out of my own way. The next time you’re in that place of feeling stuck, force yourself to shift your focus from all of the things that are going wrong and the negatives to what you have to be grateful for in that moment. I guarantee you it will change your thought pattern to get you in a totally different frame of mind!    What was it like for you graduating and what do you think is important to reflect on or act on at that point in one's life? For me, my graduations are the moments of transformation in my life. They don’t have to come from a piece of paper with my name on it, but are the experiences I get to have in the world around me that give me the most meaningful life lessons. Think about it: what are some moments in your life that you can reflect on that somehow transformed you? Maybe it changed the way you think, or made you see yourself in a new lens…these are the points in our life that we owe so much to because those are what made us who we are. The good, the bad, and the really ugly moments- all of those were defining points in our lives, and they allowed us to graduate to the next chapter of our journey.    Brandon Farbstein - Empowerment Speaker & Gen Z Activist Shop the Elevate Key Shop the Graduation Collection

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