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Loyalty to Yourself

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The character quality of being loyal is something that has been greatly impacted by our culture today – and unfortunately in a negative way. It seems so much of what we hear, read or watch confirms there is someone who has been betrayed, deceived, exposed or misled. Today, loyalty is a lost character quality that so few possess.

Loyalty is a word that’s often thrown around and is a top value for many. What is loyalty anyway? In short, it’s when you strongly support and stand by a person, organization, or group of people. This can look like the unwavering allegiance you have to your partner or choosing to stand by your child no matter what.

Loyalty is a great quality to have, but it becomes toxic when you betray yourself to prove your loyalty to others. Although having a relationship with others is important, the most important one you can have is with yourself. So, how do you improve the relationship you have with yourself?

Personal integrity isn’t an easy journey. Sometimes it will mean losing people you love and standing alone. However, it’s better to be true to yourself than lose yourself trying to please others.

When you make yourself the most important person in your life, you’ll begin to see positive changes. One of them may be attracting people who are loyal to you, respect your boundaries, and encourage you to love yourself.

When you possess the character quality of loyalty, you will create success in your personal and business life. 

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Value Brings Success

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Values are what you believe matter most in life. Everyone’s values are different. Some common values are love, success, friendship, intelligence, and respect. Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honor them.

All career paths come with pros and cons, we know that. But when you know what matters most to you, you can be sure you are choosing the right career path. Identifying your values increases your level of confidence because it brings about a sense of stability and safety to your life. When you know what you want, it doesn’t matter what other people want. When you know what is important to you, it doesn’t matter what is important to other people. This will naturally bring a sense of confidence to your life.

Everything has a price. You can’t have an amazing lifestyle without sacrificing something. There is no substitute for sacrifice when it comes to success. When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.

Comfort is the enemy, Misery is comfortable. It’s why so many people prefer it. It’s so much easier to just sit back and criticize other people’s creations. Comfort kills potential. I firmly believe that time, not money, is our most valuable asset. Don’t quit because you can’t figure out the process. Don’t quit because the price is too high. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way.

People quit because it takes too long to see results. If you stick to the process long enough, you will see results. Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to become the person you are meant to be.

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The Power of Reflection

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When any year comes to a close, we’re filled with a level of excitement in us that only seems to come up at this time of year. Excitement for a brand new chapter and a clean slate. Reflecting on what we took from 2020 is the best way we can prepare to make this upcoming year even better.

Light itself is invisible until it reflects from something and hits our eyes. In the same way, the elements of our life are invisible until we take the time to actually see them through our mind’s eye. Self-reflection is taking the time to see the successes and failures, the opportunities and challenges, and the mental and physical development that makes each of us who we are. 

Self reflection is not a moment of judgment or criticism. It is a chance to improve our strengths, align our values and goals, and track our growth. We become more confident when working with our strengths, so let’s make the most of our strengths and use them when we feel weak.

Reflection isn’t always easy. It can take time, effort, and purposeful thinking but I believe everyone stands to gain from engaging in some type of reflection. Twelve months have gone by – mostly likely too fast. How did it go? Acknowledge all that worked well: the goals you achieved and circumstances you feel good about. 

We all wear many roles in work and life. Where do you want to be better? Get specific and create intentions that you will act on. 

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The Importance of Resilience

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When faced with a problem or crisis, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the things that feel far beyond our control. Instead of wishing there was some way you could go back in time or change things, I say try focusing only on the things that are in our control. Life is never perfect. As much as we wish things would ‘just go our way,’ difficulties are inevitable, and we all have to deal with them.

Resilience can be defined as the ability and tendency to “bounce back.” Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. This concept isn’t about floating through life on a breeze, or skating by all of life’s many challenges unscathed, rather, it’s about experiencing all of the negative, difficult, and distressing events that life throws at us and staying on task, being optimistic, and high-functioning. 

If we never ran into disappointment in the first place, we would never learn how to deal with it. Resilience doesn’t have to be an empty or vague concept, it is ultimately, a set of skills that can be taught. It’s time we invest our energy to understand what resilience really means.

When we accept that change is an inevitable part of living, and that we can always replace goals that have become unattainable with new, more relevant goals we can grow by focusing on aspects of life with an optimistic outlook that empowers us to visualize what we want, rather than what we fear.

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The Art of Consistency

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The art of consistency doesn’t mean trying for one day and giving up, nor does it mean doing the same thing over and over again in exactly the same way.

What it does imply is not only doing what is successful over and over again, but also understanding the fundamentals of your success and improving upon it on a regular basis.

It takes focus, motivation, and dedication, but perhaps most importantly, it takes understanding the art of consistency.

Having the ability to continue moving forward when things get hard, the ability to not get stuck up on one particular task and quit, and having the ability to progress by constantly striving to be better.

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Embracing Happiness

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Happiness should be your number one priority, everything else should come second. Courage is the ability to let go of something that makes you comfortable for something that makes you happy. 

When it comes to changing careers, there’s lots to be afraid of. The biggest fears are failure, loss of money, loss of pride or being the low-man on the totem pole. It’s ok to be afraid, but not ok to let those fears stop you from following a new path that might make your life a heck of a lot better in many ways-personally and financially. 

Uncertainty is part of life and the sooner you accept it, the easier it will be to cope with change. Businesses thrive when they embrace change. The same holds true for individuals.

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Appreciation Matters

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When we look at life and value it on the basis of what we want to achieve, there is very little time to appreciate the moments and things that we have in the present time.  There always seems to be something that is not good enough in our life, some way in which to improve it. In some cases this might be a good thing however, people get bored of things in life and do forget to value and appreciate the things that they originally chose. There is always something better, something more interesting, which tends to put the original choices to the wayside.

Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it. Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up. There are practical steps you can take, especially as a manager, to use appreciation in the aspect of building a higher-performing and more sustainable team.

Do not wait until tomorrow to realize that many things that you already have in your life are special.

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The Importance of What You Say

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Being articulate could possibly be the most important business skill you can develop. This is why well-spoken people succeed, because they get right to the point, they communicate their messages clearly and you don’t need to ask them twice. Articulate people create confidence in the people they work with because they leave the conversation in a clear position.

The best, most direct way to convey your intelligence, expertise, professionalism, and personality to other people is through talking to them. That being said, much of what people take away from a conversation or presentation may be from the non-verbal – the body language, the appearance and the tone. The biggest favor you can do yourself is to simply listen; listen to well-spoken people, and listen to yourself too. This will ensure you choose your words carefully and appreciate them. 

Human beings are sensitive souls and have a gut instinct about whether they trust someone and what they say. Non-verbal signals have as strong an influence over our impressions as the words that come out of our mouths. So, chose them wisely. 

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Do More of What Makes You Happy

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Happiness is sometimes represented as a fantasy metaphorically symbolized with unicorns and rainbows. In this day and age, when we have so much negativity and chaos in society, from demented clowns to a laughable election, you may be wondering whether it’s possible for you to create a lasting state of joy and peace. Peace does not mean you have to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart and soul.

It is important to increase your optimism, as well as appreciation and gratitude and therefore control how happy you are even by a little bit. We are all responsible for our own wellbeing, and although no one else can make you happy or complete you… I say, at the end of the day… do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you can, and never stop loving.

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A Genuine World

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Being genuine means being actual, real, sincere and honest. Genuine people are more or less the same on the inside as their behavior is on the outside. Unfortunately, it’s a rare quality to behold because the problem is that all human interactions are relative on how we perceive each other through our own subjective lenses. 

Many journeys of self-improvement and self-discovery involve efforts to live a more authentic life. I believe it is very important to figure out our own opinions and perspectives about things considering the more time we spend thinking about and exploring our beliefs, ideals, standards, and expectations we give ourselves direction and purpose in life.

Being authentic is not just about what you think or say but what you do and how you are in the world. Therefore, never stop pursuing your passions even if that means forging an entirely new path because being authentic and genuine is not always easy, but it sure is rewarding.

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