Inspiration: Life Lessons With Oprah…
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” Oprah Winfrey
A few months ago or so, I, like thousands of others, signed up for Oprah Winfrey’s Life Lessons classes and haven’t looked back. The dynamic, inspirational classes, aptly described as “all of Oprah‘s lessons, revelations and aha moments over the past 25 years broken down to help make your life better, happier, bigger, richer – more fulfilling,” are offered in three locations; on OWN TV (Oprah Winfrey Network) weeknights at 8/7c or 9/10e, on her Oprah.com website, on Fridays on realtime TV on Facebook, and on livestream on Facebook.
“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.” Cherie Carter-Scott
The livestream show is an all-new five-week series showcasing more discussion and insights from Oprah’s Lifeclass. The description for the show says “the series will also feature an online companion class for an even more enriching experience, and live webcasts with Oprah after the main show.” Since the show debuted on October 10th, Oprah has offered 10 Life Lessons classes. As I was catching up on some of the material today when I logged onto the website, I realized that the topics and follow up questions for each lesson were worth sharing as they would make excellent blog post material. I decided to do so here and share some of the brilliant topics and discussions going on with you.
“If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.” Oprah Winfrey
Below, I have included a brief description of the ten (10) lessons we have enjoyed to date. Each lesson offers a question for further exploration on the subject discussed and, if nothing else, they are worth writing in a journal for private reflection. If you wish to register for the classes and engage in the process directly, you may do so on Oprah.com or on Oprah’s Facebook page. Show times for the TV show will be up to your local provider.
Lesson 1: The False Power of Ego
Oprah shares insights on one of her biggest regrets. “In a candid hour, Oprah reveals what she now thinks about one of her most talked-about moments. Plus, she offers advice for knowing when your ego is getting the best of you and ways to help set yourself straight.”
Read more: The False Power of Ego
Question: Where does your ego get in your way?
Lesson 2: Letting Go of Anger
Oprah discusses with best-selling author, Terry McMillan, about Terry’s visit to the Oprah show and her struggles with anger. “She also examines how anger can stand in the way of the life you were meant to live.”
Read more: Letting Go of Anger
Question: What’s holding you back right now?
Lesson 3: You Become What You Believe
This class is about the importance of having faith in ourselves. “She interviews former guests Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, Ralph Lauren and others about the nature of our beliefs and how they affect what we can achieve.”
Read more: You Become What You Believe
Question: How would you fill in these blanks? The one thing I wished I had become is ____. The one thing I will become is ____.
There have been 10 Lifeclass lessons so far and they are complimentary; you have access to them at no cost. The rest are below. Enjoy! 😉
“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” Oprah Winfrey
Lesson 4: The Truth Will Set You Free
Oprah looks at her 1997 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, and the hate mail she received. “She also discusses a bedrock belief: Anyone pretending to be something that they’re not will never become all that they were meant to be.”
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Question: What secret are you sick of keeping? When are you going to free yourself by telling it?
Lesson 5: Joy Rising (The Car Giveaway)
This is show filled with joyful surprises. “Oprah reveals how she really felt, moment by moment, in what would become an episode of The Oprah Show that people couldn’t stop talking about. Plus, relive a few other all-time great moments of joy rising.”
Read more: Joy Rising (The Car Giveaway)
Question: What brings you joy? What steals your joy?
Lesson 6: Who You Were Meant to Be – Everybody Has a Calling
Each of us has a purpose or a calling on this earth. “In this class, she shares real-life stories of how she, Lady Gaga and others found their callings. As they show us, sometimes, your calling is right in your own neighborhood.”
Read more: Find Your Calling
Question: When you connect with the place of stillness at your core, what do you feel you’re meant to do with your life? What is it really that you’re supposed to be doing with your life?
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” Oprah Winfrey
Lesson 7: Aging Beautifully
Some of Hollywood’s glamorous women reveal how they felt about being defined by beauty; from Cybill Shepherd, Jamie Lee Curtis to Ali MacGraw. “Find out what they learned, and how you can develop an inner self—which is key to aging beautifully.”
Read more: Aging Beautifully
Question: What’s the best thing and what’s the hardest thing about the age you are now?
Lesson 8: When You Know Better…
This class is about a great lesson in Oprah’s life, learned from Maya Angelou. “Relive some of Oprah’s most difficult moments, from confronting skinheads to acknowledging a major faux pas. Plus, find out how to respond when you do something you wish you hadn’t done.”
Read more: When You Know Better…
Question: What do you know better and are now doing better?
Lesson 9: You’re Responsible for Your Life
From childhood, Oprah knew she had a responsibility to make her life a success. “She and others show how they’ve taken control of their lives to force change—and how this principle can come into play in your life.”
Read more: You’re Responsible for Your Life
Question: Why are you waiting for someone else to create what you long for?
Lesson 10: Joy Rising (Flash Mob)
Every Friday, Oprah brings us a bit of joy. “And in her 25 years of doing The Oprah Winfrey Show, there’s never been a better example of joy rising than the Season 24 kickoff party, which featured one of the biggest flash mobs in history. Watch, and get happy.”
Read more: Joy Rising (Flash Mob)
Question: What’s the one thing you know for sure about joy?
All of these lessons offer something we can choose to write about or reflect on. The classes are complimentary; no cost involved. You just sign up and off you go. Enjoy! This post and others are featured on TeachStreet this week. TY! What about you? What are your thoughts? Are you registered for the life lessons classes? What do you think of the course questions? What lessons has your life taught you? If you could choose one thing to change, what would it be? Do share! Thank you. 😉
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Positive Motivation Tip: Life lessons are an accumulation of our experiences, actions, and mistakes. Honor yourself.