Let Go or Hold On?

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We have all been there, trying to make the decision to hold on and keep pressing through, or to let go, learn the lessons and try something new. How do we know that, if we would just hold on for a couple more days, that big break won’t come along? How do we know if we are wasting our time, money or energy, and should cut our losses and run? The truth is, if we are asking ourselves this question, then there probably isn’t a clear cut answer.

Trust your instincts. Take time to really concentrate on what you want. Let go of what others have said you should do, and what you think you should do. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through your fears and self-doubt so that you can come to a decision.

Remember the purpose. Always be mindful of the reason why you started the process in the first place. Is the path you are on still aligned with the purpose? If it is, it well be growing and shaping into what you envisioned, progress may be slow, but it will be evident.

Be honest with yourself and where you are going. There is no shame in starting over or starting again, just as there is no shame in holding on until all possibilities have been exhausted. What matters is that you remain well during the process, that you remain connected to God, and that you maintain faith in your purpose.

Open Mindedness

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It is important to have an open-mind. To be open-minded means: to be willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced.

Without having an open mind, you won’t be unable to understand the perspectives of others who have differing opinions. Because of this, many people find it difficult to challenge the beliefs and behaviors that they have been raised with. Having an open mind allows you to experience new ideas and thoughts.

When you have a closed mind you are unable to adapt and be flexible, and life will be less rewarding, satisfying and interesting. To be closed-minded also puts limits on your life, as you will never be able to truly move forward. Having an open mind provides opportunity to learn new things and build on what you already know.

The most difficult thing about being open minded is admitting that there may be other views and possibilities that you have not contemplated. Open mindedness requires honesty and courage to re-evaluate, and maybe even amend, what you believe to be true.

Having an open mind doesn’t mean that you change who you are, but it will allow you to meaningfully interact with others in the diverse world in which we live.

A Good Life Needs Good Friends

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Where do you place your friends on your list of priorities? Most of us don’t put as much planning and thought into our friendships as we do other parts of our lives, until something happens to make us question them. Part of living a good life is having good personal relationships. Our friends deserve our commitment and attention and should hold a special place in our lives.

In this season of thanksgiving, take time to show your appreciation for friends that take a genuine interest in your life; are givers and not just takers; are loyal; are positive; appreciate you for who you are; and are open, honest, and real. Good friends are hard to come by. They know you and still like you! Take time to develop your friendships. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you can share it with your friends.

You Need to Be real, Not Perfect

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It is more important to be real with and about yourself, than to try to be perfect. The biggest revelation that any individual can have about themselves is that they are not perfect and that is perfectly alright. If you are on a path that leads you to your purpose, you will discover your greatness, but the path to being perfect is a never ending circle.

Being real is all about authenticity and self-awareness. Striving to better yourself is something we all should be doing, but trying to be something you’re not is a mistake. Too many people end up going along with the crowd in order to fit in or be accepted. Have you ever noticed that successful people are usually the ones who stand out from the crowd? Leaders and innovators are effective because they find a way to do what no-one else is doing and forge a way for themselves.

Your individuality is what is special about you. Your individuality is connected to your purpose. In business and in life, the best way to impress is to be you. Being yourself and doing and saying things that reflect who you are will lead to a greater sense of satisfaction.

Allow yourself to be who you were born to be and see your success reach new heights.

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Reflection

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Using reflective practices is important for you to do in every area of your life. You will better understand yourself and how you work through personal and professional reflection. It happens when you begin to ask yourself questions that identify and evaluate your own performance in particular situations. Self-reflection can be difficult when you first start to utilize it because it causes you to admit and confront truths about yourself, but the outcome of regularly practicing reflection will allow you to be your best self personally and professionally.

Identifying your skills is essential as an entrepreneur or an employee. Clients and employers need to be able to see where you will fit in their business, and you need to know where your business will fit in the marketplace. If you understand your own personal and professional value, you can communicate it to others in a believable manner. Reflect on positive and negative work experiences that you have had. Evaluate your success as well as your mistakes, and consider everything from your communication to your emotions during the experience. Identify the skills and behaviors that either aided you or hindered you. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t do, and what you are willing to do to enhance and develop your abilities.

Reflection will build your confidence. During times of self-refection you may realize that you are able to do much more than you thought, and possess more skills than you previously recognized. It will give you the opportunity to recognize your accomplishments, and you will notice how your skills have developed over a period of time. When you feel confident about what you do, you will present your best self in all that you do. Confidence will also come from the personal behavior adjustments that will come naturally through self-assessment.

Increased confidence will lead to challenging yourself more, which ultimately leads to personal and professional growth and development. Reflection will change the way you see yourself, and will change the way others see you. Remember that it is a practice. Set a regular time where you can reflect on your experiences and plan your growth.

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How Do You Work Best?

It’s Monday! We all have high expectations of a great week ahead of us. One way of getting the most out of our working week is to work how we work best. Have you ever taken the time to analyze how you work your best? There may be a certain set of conditions that you need to work at your best, but what happens when these needs are not met?

For example, do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Most employers and companies would list working collaboratively as one of the essential qualities they look for in an employee or business partner. There is nothing wrong with the ability to work individually and to execute your best work on your own, but when it comes to business, and personal growth, being able to invite others in and to work together on a shared goal will be necessary and will also improve and add to your skills and development. There are benefits to working autonomously and to working collaboratively. If you can master them both and know when it’s the best time to utilize each working style, you will optimize your productivity.

Understanding how and why you work the way that you do allows you to identify your most and least productive work habits and discover ways to improve on your skills and your working environment. Many businesses now employ more modern practices such as flexible working hours, working from home and other innovations that enable employees to work their best. Find the conditions that foster productivity and creativity in your life and work on recreating this within your work environment. Be honest with yourself about skills that need to be developed and embrace personal development.

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To Commit or Not To Commit?

Hey, it’s Monday! Another week of possibilities is ahead of you. What things have you committed yourself to for the coming week? Here are some tips on sticking to your commitments no matter how big or small.

Be clear on the terms of your commitment. It’s a good idea to recognize exactly what you are getting yourself into. This is not always possible, but you should make sure you a least weigh up the sacrifices that you will have to make. Every commitment requires a level of determination and dedication. Research shows that regularly falling through on your commitments actually reprograms your brain to automatically expect you to not follow through and so derails your efforts. It is vitally important to enter into the commitment with realistic expectations.

Choose discomfort over resentment. Have a clear idea on what you are willing to commit to. It may be something that you are interested in, but this is not enough. Being interested does not mean that you are ready to wholeheartedly commit. How many times have you said yes to something and have later wanted to back out. Saying ‘no’ to someone or something that requests your time and energy can be difficult, but it is better to experience a short period of discomfort from saying ‘no’, rather than a damaging experience of resentment towards the person or project.

Hold yourself accountable. Have the right mindset from the onset. Make your commitment public, tell somebody about what you are doing and update them regularly. Take responsibility and don’t make excuses. Be honest with yourself and others at all times.

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