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You

Do you find it hard to stand up for yourself? Many people do. It seems everyone wants to “play nice” and not rock the boat.” Some people say, “let’s just make the best of it.”

That’s weak, and shows a lack of self-esteem. You are not making the best of anything with that attitude. You are compromising yourself, and that tears at your self worth.

You were created by God, and He doesn’t make worthless people. Standing your ground might seem difficult in the beginning, but if you are on the side of what’s right you should speak up.

Don’t compromise. Stand up for yourself…

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Rest

Do you ever feel worn out? I believe most people have felt this way, whether physically or mentally. As a writer, sometimes I hit critical mass and my mind stops the flow of creative thoughts. I’m able to recognize it and walk away for a period of time.

Sometimes you just need to take a break and rest. American culture has some guilt associated with rest, but I encourage you to think counter culturally. Give yourself some peaceful rest, then start again. You will be better for doing so…

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Perspectives

People love to argue, would you agree? Nowadays with social media it makes it easy for people to spew hatred at each other without any real consequences. Why waste the time and energy?

Two people can view the same object, and they will have different perspectives. The object is the same, but the lens it is being viewed through is different for everyone.

I default to the old saying, “seek first to understand before trying to be understood.” When we see things through the eyes of others, our perspective changes, and that’s a good thing…

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Two Simple Words

I read something yesterday about couples who have healthy relationships. They acknowledge each other with two simple words: thank you. It takes minimal effort to thank someone who has helped you or shown kindness to you or a loved one. Minimal.

Take the time to write thank you notes. Anyone can text or email. The few minutes it takes you to write a short note will pay great dividends in the future. You will stand out from the crowd when you do this. I promise…

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Patterns

Our brains are wired to look for patterns when we are experiencing something new. Familiarity makes us feel secure. We try to fit the experience into an already-formed neural pathway.

We do this in relationships, too. We invite, usually unknowingly, the same type people into our lives. The person might look different from the rest, but their inner being is the same.

We must do the hard work on ourselves to break unhealthy patterns. If this sounds familiar to you, it is my hope that you find the courage to change…

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Attention!

Today’s culture says, “look at me! Look at how great I’m doing.” I love to celebrate others success. I’m happy when my friends and acquaintances are doing well.

But the ones who get my respect are those who do things quietly. They do the necessary work, and don’t care about getting attention or credit. They simply perform.

Which one are you? It’s certainly something to consider. Humility is attractive. Inflated egos are a turnoff…

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Believe

What do you believe? There are certain things we inherently believe, such as gravity. If I jump off a building, I’m gonna fall. Every time.

I use self-deprecating humor often. If you knew me, you would know I give myself a lot to work with! But I don’t believe any of it. Therein lies the difference. I am simply laughing at myself.

I believe in God, and I believe in myself. Start there, then continue your list. This is a great exercise to strengthen your beliefs, and your convictions…

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