10 Reasons Why You Matter, YOU Are Important

1) YOU Matter | You are the only person who can be YOU

Everyone has a different life journey and a different story to tell. We all face different challenges. We all gain different experiences. There are billions of people on this planet, and yet YOU are the only person who is Exactly like You. Believe it or not, this simple fact is incredibly important. Don’t even for a second allow yourself to think anything different.

2) You Are Valuable | You Have Purpose, You are Important

No matter who you are, you can provide value. We each have an individual purpose that cannot be compared to everyone else. You have a different perspective to share. You can shed light on a situation that maybe no one else can possibly provide. You can utilize your unique experiences to help and positively influence others.

At the end of the day, always remember that You Are Important. STOP comparing yourself to everyone else. Value, appreciate and learn from others, but don’t cut yourself short. We have all unique abilities and talents. Always remain Humble and Kind but believe in yourself and appreciate Your Own Value.

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3) Love Others | You are Capable of Loving and Being Loved

Loving and receiving love is one of the most incredible human abilities. Providing joy and happiness to others is what gives meaning to life. Love and care is what provides value to our lives, it provides depth and reason. It provides hope, wonder and excitement. Love for our friends, family and partners, is what makes each day worth every challenge and every experience.

4) Provide Happiness | You can Provide Happiness and Joy

You can Provide Happiness. You can Provide Joy into the lives of others. Make sure to tell those around you whom you love and care for, how much You Do Care. Give them a hug and a smile. Not only tell them, but SHOW THEM each day. Love and care provides continuous fulfillment in your life and the lives of others, keep spreading your kindness and love. You never know whose day you may brighten. Your Love, Care and Kindness Makes a Difference.

5) Be An Inspiration | You Can Help and Inspire Others

One of the greatest joys in life is helping and inspiring others along the way. We all need support from others. It’s human nature. We all need to be inspired and sometimes inspiration can be received from others. Sometimes, all we need is for someone to Believe in Us, someone to tell us how much they value and support us. You can be the one to support others. You can be the one to give someone a positive light and a helping hand. Helping others not only provides inspiration, but it will also ignite a spark within you. You feel valued from helping others as well. It’s like a continuous circle; when you inspire, you also Feel Inspired.

6) Create Life Lessons | You Can Turn Your Challenges into Life Lessons

Life is not meant to be easy. It is a challenge and some days are tougher than others. With every challenge, we gain the opportunity to Grow Stronger. We can continuously improve who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Instead of allowing a challenge to bring you down, Keep Pushing forward. Turn each challenge into a lesson that you can also share with others.

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7) Teach Your Passion | Teach Others Your Skill Set

Being passionate for your goals is one of the most important elements of success and personal fulfillment. When you love and enjoy what you’re doing, goal setting becomes fun and motivating. Not only this, but those that are truly passionate for their goals and skill set, can teach others as well.

Teaching others provides fulfillment. It allows you to pass on your knowledge and expertise to someone else. Being a mentor to others also helps you explore/improve your skill set in a different light. No matter how skilled you are, there is always something new to learn. Always remember that helping others is a wonderful part of life. Teaching and inspiring others provides meaning and depth to our lives. You can pass on your knowledge and skill set to future generations. No matter how large or small your contribution is, Your Contribution Matters.

8) Set an Example | You Can set a Good and Positive Example

Not everyone is going to be Kind, but YOU can be the one to set the good example, you can be the one to lead the way. Life is tough. Some people can be cruel, rude and mean. But Do Not allow that to affect you and your mindset. Do not allow negativity to impact your outlook on life. Instead, teach positivity. Associate closely with those who do Value Positivity, those who are kind and caring. Always remember to be Kind to all and set that good example. But there is no need to associate closely with those who intentionally bring others down.

The key here to remember is that those who are negative, are struggling themselves. They are fighting insecurity, jealously and unhappiness. This is why being Kind to those who are unkind, is very important. But there is a difference between being kind and being “friends” with those who are ill-intentioned. Try to influence those who are negative and Be Kind to All; but choose to surround yourself with Kind, Caring, Supportive People.

9) Be Passionate and Determined | YOU Can Show Others that Anything is Possible

Passion and Determination will take you farther than you can imagine. Those who just settle or are afraid to take chances, will not reach that true life fulfillment. Let go of fear. Take Chances. Do Your Best. SET GOALS. Take each day step-by-step, but also write down your long-term goals and growth. Track your growth and progress. Be Kind to Yourself and Keep Growing YOU. Determination, Passion and the willingness to keep moving forward, is the true key for long-term success.

10) YOU can be a Leader | Influence others to achieve their own Greatness

Be a LEADER. Leadership is about inspiring and influencing others. Leadership is about influencing others to achieve their own Greatness. YOU can be a Leader. No matter who you are, YOU can positively influence and lead others. You can lend a helping hand. You can provide encouragement. YOU can make a difference in the lives of others. Never underestimate yourself and your capabilities. Be Passionate, Be Genuine, Be Yourself. And always remember that YOU MATTER. You Are Important.

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10 Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated During Tough Times

1) Your Health Should be a Top Priority | Take Care of YOU

No matter what is taking place in your life, always remember the value of your health. When you let your health suffer, challenges can seem incredibly difficult. The better you feel, the easier it will be to overcome challenges that you encounter in your life. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep you on the right path.

  • Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast. It truly is the most important meal of the day.
  • Create yourself a weekly meal plan that includes your vital food groups. Creating a plan for yourself will also make you more knowledgeable on healthy foods you can prepare at home.
  • Stretch for about 10 minutes in the morning and at night. Many people underestimate the value of stretching. It’ll help relax your body. It’s very therapeutic and you always feel much more physically and mentally refreshed.
  • Save time to workout a few days a week. You can create a routine that works for you. Working out gives your body more natural energy and provides personal inspiration, as well as self-confidence.
2) Meditate | Refresh and Clear Your Mind

Sometimes we all just need a mental break. We get so caught up in a challenge that we don’t allow ourselves to Simply Breathe. Meditation can be very simple. Go into a quiet and comfortable space. Relax your muscles. Close your eyes. Take a deep, long breath and slowly exhale. Think happy and positive thoughts. Reflect on all the great experiences and wonderful people in your life that make you happy. You can do this for about 5 minutes. Or you can spend more time if you would like, but 5 minutes of fully relaxed thinking can greatly benefit you.

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3) Take Action | Make a Plan and Change Your Situation

Many of us get so caught up in a problem or challenge, that we don’t focus our energy upon solutions. Worrying can be one of the most toxic roadblocks in our lives. It’s very easy to allow your mind to worry. But aim to train your mind to focus on conquering your problems, instead of letting worry consume you. The number one tool is putting your thoughts on paper. Write down your challenge and possible solutions. Write down everything that comes to mind: What is bothering you, Why it’s bothering you, etc. Brainstorm a list of ideas that can help you overcome this challenge.

4) Positive Self-Talk | Appreciate YOU

No one is perfect and we ALL struggle. Be Kind to yourself. You’re not alone. You are important no matter what challenge comes your way or how hard you struggle. Always remember that You Matter. You will make a difference in your life and the lives of others. You will always overcome your struggle. Always keep a positive mindset. Positivity helps keep your mind on the right path. Understand that being positive will help you see the light in the toughest situations. Negativity will only bring you and those around you down even further. Always be positive and seek solutions.

5) Be Inspired by Music | Clear Your Mind

Music is one of the most therapeutic and inspirational forms of relaxation; it allows us to completely refresh and clear our minds. Rhythm, melody and great lyrics can quickly take your mind off stress and worry. Put your headphones in and just listen. Allow it to fill your mind. Great songs can also help you connect to deeper emotions and feelings that you may be experiencing. Music reminds us that we are never alone. It allows us to feel connected with others through powerful lyrics. Simply allowing yourself to drift into the soothing rhythm can be eye-opening to inspiration surrounding you. Learning to play an instrument can also be inspirational and help challenge you to grow. Music is a language in itself. You’ll be able to better express yourself as well.

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6) Seek Support | Surround Yourself with those who Care

It is important to seek support from those who love and care about you. When speaking to family and friends, explain your difficulty and ask for advice. Sometimes all we need is for someone to just Listen. The key here is to Always Speak with Positivity. Make sure you don’t just complain to your family/friends or repeat the same worry over and over again. It’s important for you to show that you do believe you will grow and you can overcome/learn from your current challenge. When you speak with positivity, people are much more willing to help you. Sometimes, they’ll even go out of their way to help because they know you’re genuinely trying to improve.

7) Spend Time Outdoors | Appreciate Nature

Being outdoors can be one of the most refreshing atmospheres to cleanse your mind. Whichever scenery you like most, go out and get some air. The beach is one of the most refreshing places for many people. Drive to the ocean and just sit and watch the waves. Close your eyes, breathe in the fresh, crisp ocean air and remember that there is so much more to life than worry and stress. Truly allow your outdoor atmosphere to sink in. You will almost feel like a new, refreshed person when fully letting yourself relax. Ease your mind, and think of all the wonderful experiences and people in your life, as well as the great future you have ahead of you.

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8) Reflect, Keep a Journal | Express your Thoughts, Needs, Wants, Wishes

Keeping a daily/weekly journal is one of the most helpful tools possible. Putting your personal thoughts and feeling on paper (a notebook or via a computer document for journal entries) allows you to sort through your emotions. The better you understand yourself, the easier it’ll be to overcome challenges in your life. Many challenges or struggles simply occur because we’re not sure what we want, or what we truly Value in our lives. Keeping a consistent journal will help you target your needs and prepare yourself for challenges.

9) Rid of Negativity | Surround yourself with Uplifting People

Choose to associate closely with people who Value You and want to see you succeed. They are there for you because they believe in your character and support who you are. Many worries in our lives come from self-doubt. But the doubt is often triggered from others. It’s human nature to seek acceptance. When the people you associate with do not provide support, it can make us doubt ourselves. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. Be kind to all, but choose to associate closely with Caring, Supportive people.

10) Keep Learning | Focus on how you can Grow Stronger

No matter what is taking place in our lives, there is always something to learn and always a reason to smile. We can continuously improve who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Personal Growth is Continuous. The more we experience, the more we grow. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to face a challenge. Be Confident in Who You Are. Every challenge can be viewed as an opportunity to become even Stronger.


5 Life-Changing Books Every Successful Person MUST Read

The most successful people learn something new each day. Knowledge is endless and personal growth is continuous. Always seek more. When you choose to focus on growing yourself, it’s incredible what you are capable of doing.

There are so many inspirational and impactful books out there, but these 5 books have inspired and impacted me the most. I believe anyone and everyone should read these books. They are powerful, eye opening, and will teach you a variety of necessary skills in order to achieve long-term success in today’s world. I have provided a brief summary and personal analysis of each book, as well as the value I received from them.

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1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Stephen Covey

This book truly changed my life. It altered the way I viewed my values, principles and goals. Stephen Covey takes you step by step into understanding the value of focusing on your core center. Once you understand what you value, you can then establish goals for yourself and WHY you want to achieve each goal.

Covey also gives examples from his life about the value of being ‘principle centered’. He not only gives examples from his own personal family life, but also from friends and business relationships. Covey makes this book tough to set down. I was excited to pick it back up and read another chapter which taught another essential life lesson.

This book is a pure inspiration. It will help give you true direction for a meaningful, inspired and driven future.

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2) Emotional Intelligence 2.0 | Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

This is another book that deeply impacted my life and depth of understanding. Emotional Intelligence is something that should be focused upon in school. High schools and colleges don’t specifically emphasize why Emotional Intelligence is fundamental for self understanding and overall happiness. This book teaches you the value of understanding yourself as well as others around you. It further teaches you how to understand the entire scope of various situations.

As human beings we are driven by emotion. If you understand Why you feel the way that you feel, and Why you do the things you do, you’ll be able to better manage your emotions and your overall happiness. You’ll also be able to better connect with other people on a deeper level.

The four categories focused upon are: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.

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3) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success | Carol S. Dweck

Ph. D. Carol Dweck teaches principles about why your mindset is so incredibly important. The way you think ultimately determines your level of success. Being positive and believing that you can accomplish your goals, as well as continuously grow yourself as a person, makes a huge impact on your life.

Dweck also brilliantly describes the difference between a ‘fixed mindset’ and a ‘growth mindset’. A fixed mindset is someone who believes they do not have the ability to improve their skills, even with practice. This mindset is very limiting and overall restrains your personal growth and success. In contrast, someone with a growth mindset can continuously improve who they are, as well as their skill set with a positive and dedicated outlook.

A growth mindset allows us to understand that humans do have the ability to grow and continuously develop personally and professional, no matter how difficult the challenge. If you want it, You Can Do It. Practice, Practice. Be Passionate and Dedicated.

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4) Never Eat Alone | Keith Ferrazzi

This book is a true masterpiece. Keith Ferrazzi (along with Tahl Raz) passionately teaches the power of relationships, networking and personal branding.

Ferrazzi tells the story of his life journey and rise to success. He sheds light upon his downfalls, challenges, and accomplishments. Ferazzi puts emphasis on Why People Matter Most. Those that help one another  and utilize the power of networking, ultimately get the farthest in the long-run. He also explains the value of being sincere with others, as well as transparent: Show Who You Are~Be Yourself~What you see is what you get.

Being Passionate and goal oriented is another huge key to success. He describes his goal setting process and also explains why writing down your goals is essential. Overall, this book will teach you a variety of necessary skills everyone needs in this transitioning and connected world. Relationships Matter Most.

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5) Renegades Write the Rules | Amy Jo Martin

Social Media is one of the most powerful tools for marketing, branding and truly connecting with others. We are now in a very connected and digital age. Our online presence and connection with others is imperative for today’s success. An incredibly powerful book that explains the deep value of social media is titled: Renegades Write the Rules, by Amy Jo Martin.

Martin is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated entrepreneurs who skillfully utilizes social media. An incredible speaker, motivator and innovator, Martin inspires the world with her social media techniques and sincerity. Showing the person/people ‘behind the brand’ is vital. Humanizing your brand, whether you are a public figure, celebrity or a company, is a crucial factor towards connecting with others. Martin explains, “Social Media is more like the telephone, less like the TV…It is a dialogue more than a monologue.”

Martin utilizes Twitter with over 1.2 million followers, to connect and engage a vast amount of people. She even reaches out to her followers and thanks them. I felt honored to receive a personal DM from Amy Jo, thanking me for my support. Her book will truly open your eyes to the value of social media and how to utilize the power of connectivity.

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The 7 Keys to Mastering Any New Skill

Life is about continuously growing and learning something new each day. There is so much joy and excitement in life, so much to explore and discover. Everyone has unique gifts and talents, strengths and abilities.

Always remember that we ALL have the capability of learning new skills; whether simple or complex, for work or for leisure. Learning should be enjoyable.

Don’t ever forget this, You Are Good Enough.

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1) Always Ask Yourself ‘Why’ | Value provides Reason

When you understand in words ‘Why’ you want to achieve something, or learn something new, you’ll find more meaning and reason in your accomplishments. You’ll be further motivated to learn when there is Value in what you’re doing.

Utilize a notebook or computer to write down ‘Why’ this new skill will help you. Write down what this skill will allow you to accomplish and ‘Why’ it adds value to your life. It may be work related or for leisure.

2)  STOP Comparing Yourself to Others | You Are Valuable

Society has wrongfully taught us that if we do not measure up to the most talented and famous people, we’re just not good enough. But honestly, that is Not at all true. Everyone is different; we all have our own strengths and individual value. It’s also important to keep in mind, those that are incredibly talented did not start at the top. They also had to put in the time and effort to master their skill/s.

Yes, some people may learn things quicker than others. But once again, Stop comparing yourself to others. You should value, appreciate and learn from others, but don’t cut yourself short. You also have the ability to master just about any skill you would like. It just takes time, consistency, passion and dedication. You Are Valuable. You are Unique and you can achieve anything that you truly set your mind towards.

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3) Be Patient with Yourself | Learn at Your Own Pace

Ever feel like something is just impossible? Why do we feel this way at times?

The main reason is that we are too hard on ourselves. We sometimes expect instant results. Keep in mind that learning should be done in steps.

When you first start learning something new, it may be difficult, but it will get easier and more familiar in time. Do not let a challenge discourage you. Anything new to us, takes time to adapt to and understand. Patience is a virtue. When you learn to be patient with yourself, you’ll find you may be better at something than you thought. When you eliminate unnecessary stress, you’re able to focus better. Learn to appreciate yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Value the process of learning at your own pace.

4) Track Your Growth & Progress | Write Down Your Goals 

It’s important to track your growth and progress. Learning a new skill may take more or less time than someone else, but only focus on YOU. Write down your goals, growth, challenges and achievements each day/week.

You can either use bullet points, columns or whichever method of organization works for you. Literally make a list of your goals each week. Also make a list of your challenges and achievements each week. Being able to visually see where your strengths and weaknesses lie, allow you to target specific areas to focus on.

The more time you spend understanding yourself, the quicker you’ll be able to master the process of learning. Always do what works for YOU.

5) Practice with Consistency | Achievement is Dedication

Being your Best is the true ideal for being ‘perfect’. If you want to master a new skill, you must be consistent. No matter if you’re learning a program at work, a new task for school, a new fitness technique, or learning to play an instrument, etc. mastering your talent/craft takes consistency. Set aside time each day to practice/work on your desired skill.

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6) Appreciate YOU| Be Kind to Yourself

At the end of the day, make sure to be happy with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Speak kindly to yourself. You should be your number one supporter. Positive self-thought and self-talk provides inspiration and happiness. Always ask yourself: Would you be friends with you, if you talked to others the way that you talked to yourself? Value YOU.

7) Relax | Enjoy the Learning Process

Breathe. Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing. Just enjoy the learning process. Learning truly is an amazing human ability. We can start from having little knowledge or experience, but with time and dedication we can master just about any skill. When you’ve conquered your goals and ‘mastered’ your desired skill, be thankful. Be thankful towards yourself and for your life. Choose to learn and grow with every experience. Keep your head up and your mind positive. Anything is Possible.


The Power of Passionate Goal Setting

What are you Passionate about doing and ‘Why’? What makes you Happy and ‘Why’? These are two vital questions that we all must ask ourselves.

Passion is essential for long-term success and overall happiness. But here’s the other flip of the coin: in order to achieve long-term success, you must not only be passionate but of course dedicated as well. Perseverance and hard work will help you achieve this long-term stability and continuous success over time.

Passionate goal setting is the true fuel for success!

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Perseverance without Passion | A goal setter with No Passion

If you want to reach a certain salary or standing in a company, for example, you could dedicate yourself to working hard to achieve this money value or image. But honestly, over time, most people will get burned out. Unless there is a deeper reason than money driving this hard work, they will eventually lose this dedication. As human beings, we are driven by what we feel, and achievement is something that should mean something to us. Passion for your achievement is vital for long-term success.

Have you considered ‘Why’ people reach that ‘mid-life crisis’? It’s often times because they re-question their actions and paths in life, as well as its meaning. Everyone has a passion and purpose, and it’s important to think about what legacy you’d like to leave behind. Passion for your goals will allow you to be more satisfied and happy with your achievements and life as a whole. But no matter how old you are, it’s Never too late to re-evaluate and re-establish your goals. Life is too wonderful to be anything less than our Best by allowing ourselves to truly enjoy our lives.

Passion without Perseverance | Passion with No Goal Setting

There are many people today that get caught up in an idea, with no plan of action to make it happen. It could be a great idea, but if you do not have specific goals set for yourself, this passion will go to waste in the long-term.

Make sure you utilize your passions and skills. Work hard at doing what you love, but also understand how important it is to be dedicated and a goal setter.

Learn the power of goal setting. Learn how to focus step by step on each individual goal that you set for yourself. But most importantly: Write Down Your Goals. When you have your goals written down on paper, they become more achievable; you can visually see what you want. Once you see what you want, you can create steps (small goals) that lead you in the right direction. Small goals are building blocks towards your overall ultimate, or long-term goals.

And who knows, your goals can change and adapt over time. But that is completely ok. As we grow, our ideas and creativity grow stronger. Or maybe your ultimate idea of success was actually as you had pictured it. In either case, keeping a list of written goals, daily/weekly will help you to fully achieve and utilize your potential.

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Passion + Perseverance | Passion and Goal Setting

When you are both Passionate and Dedicated to achieving your goals, it’s almost an unstoppable force. Those that understand and utilize the power of goal setting can achieve high set goals. They understand that achievement is a continuous process and long-term success is consistent dedication.

Further, the main reason people are able to consistently dedicate themselves goal after goal, is because they truly ENJOY what they are doing. They know what they are passionate for, and they feel that they have a purpose in life and as a person as a whole.

Another Key Tip to Success | FOCUS and minimize stress

Ever feel overwhelmed by your day ahead? Even when you have your goals and schedule written down, sometimes it may seem that there is so much to be done. BUT, here’s the key: FOCUS on your current activity.

When you’re working on a project, focus on that project. When you’re in a meeting, be in that meeting~don’t let your thoughts wander, stay focused. When you’re working-out, clear your mind and work out! When you’re having dinner with a friend, put away your phone and enjoy quality time with that person.

The list goes on, but the key to minimizing stress, is to focus on each given task. You’ll realize you actually have much more time than you think. Giving your full energy and attention to each goal during the day, will increase your potential and effort. When you finish one task, you can move forward on to the next. Of course, there may always be that exceptional phone call, text, or email you need to respond to, etc. And yes, there is always a time and place for multitasking; some jobs may require multitasking. But in general, plan ahead and Stay Focused.


Respect is Essential in ALL Forms of Communication

Miscommunication is one of the biggest human weaknesses. We miscommunicate: what we think, what we feel, what we want, and truly Why we Act the way we do.

Not only this, but have you stopped to consider why we are often so defensive and resistant towards others? It is often times because we’re afraid of being judged by others. We’re afraid of being: judged, talked down to, or feeling ‘stupid’ by the things that we say, etc.

But have you asked, ‘Why’?

When we go about asking ‘Why’, we must always go to the source/the core reason. The core reason ‘Why’ we miscommunicate with each other is because often times there is a lack of Respect. By this I mean, everyone has a different point of view and of course you’re not going to agree with everyone. But it’s important to hear each other out when we speak, and respect what each other has to say. Maybe you’d even find validity in their reasoning, and come to some compromise and understanding on the issue at hand. But you’ll never gain this opportunity, unless you Listen first.

If we learned to Listen and then Respond, we would not only be more open to explaining how we feel, but we’d be more honest and comfortable sharing our opinions.

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Family 

Amongst family members, it’s vital to have mutual respect. Parents should teach their children to respect them as parents. But they should also show respect towards their children. For example, children, especially as they grow older, will form opinions of their own. As a parent, be sure to hear out what your son or daughter has to say. They may even teach you something. But vise versa, if you show and teach your children the value of respect, they will also be more respectful towards You as a parent. Respect amongst siblings is vital as well. Learn to communicate and love one another. Be open, honest and help each other. Stop competing. Family should be there to support and Help You.

Friendships

Amongst friends, be sure to show respect towards each other. Even when picking a place to hang out for the night, or what movie to watch, be respectful. Don’t make fun of one another and try to make each other feel ‘stupid’. Don’t compete with your friends, instead Help each other and give support to one another. The more open you are to showing care towards each other, the more loyal and trustworthy relationship you will have. Also, you both will be more open to seek advice from one another and tell how you feel.

Relationships

In relationships, one main reason that we are not open with sharing how we truly feel is because there is that Lack of Respect. We’re afraid to share our thoughts and feelings with our partners because we’re afraid of being judged. But for any relationship to truly last, there should be open communication and respect given and received from Both Sides. The more respect and care that is shown, the better they will be able to share their deepest feelings and emotions. Of course, this is not the only reason why relationships may not be strong, but it is a core center that can help influence/improve other issues.

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In business relationships and work environments, it’s also essential to show respect towards each other. When you’re having a conversation with a co-worker, listen to what one another has to say. Not only Listen, but also genuinely seek to Understand the point the other person is trying to make. Hear each other out and then Respond. Keep the terms: Listen, Understand, and Respond in mind when sharing ideas with each other. If you don’t understand the point the other person is trying to make, keep asking questions. It will further show your interest and care.

Exception to Every Rule

There is an exception to Every Rule. We Should Go Against what someone has to say if: they are causing harm to others or to themselves. In this case, you have the right to speak up in opposition. But consider this: if you showed Kindness and Respect towards someone with a negative mindset, and showed that you actually did care, maybe this person would be better influenced/receptive to hear out your point of view.

For example, this could be an extreme case such as suicide or a situation where someone continuously picks fights with one’s siblings/parents/friends, etc. The more genuine you are when reaching out to help someone, the more receptive they will be in Listening to You. Also, the main reason why people act out and are mean/rude to others: is because they are unhappy or insecure themselves. It is almost like a cry for help without specifically asking. Be genuine, seek to understand and show that you truly care.

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Ultimately, it’s important to realize that as human beings, we just want to be Loved and Cared for. AND showing genuine care and respect will allow people to communicate more effectively. We’ll be able to let down our walls and defense mechanisms and be true/genuine with each other. Of course, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, but do your best to be understanding towards others. Always keep in mind the Value of Respect.

At the end of the day, Not everyone is going to have this mindset and show respect towards one another. But YOU can be the one to set a good example and show Respect towards others. You can be the one to make this positive change in your mindset and communication.

Further, it is important to closely associate and surround yourself with Great people that also Respect, Love and Value You. But when you do interact with New People, be sure to communicate with Respect, Kindness, Understanding and Care.

I was inspired to write this post with a large response to this quote:

Thank you all for the Support :-)

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The 6 Keys to Success and Following Your Passion

1) Conquering Fear | Keep Growing

The number one challenge preventing people from achieving their goals and dreams is, fear: the fear of getting started, the fear of making mistakes, the fear of what others might think and the fear of the unknown.

It’s important to keep in mind, ‘You do not fail when you make a mistake. You fail, when you fear failure. Mistakes are a part of the journey. Learning in valuable.’ No matter what you experience, there is always something to learn. Choose to grow better, stronger from each experience. Don’t let fear prevent you from achieving your goals. Instead keep your head up, go after what you want, and always aim to do Your Best.

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2) Do What You Love | Follow Your Passion

Life is exactly what you make of it. Becoming the Best Version of Yourself is something we should all aim for. In order to become Your Best, you must truly enjoy what you’re doing. This is why passion is so essential for long-term success and overall happiness. Passion gives you the extra spark, joy and excitement to begin each day. Always remember: everyone has a Passion and a Purpose. Once you find yours, you’ll gain further reason and excitement to excel.

Here’s the deal, everyone has to start somewhere but it’s vital to begin by doing what you enjoy. You may start out in an a job that’s not 100% what you ultimately aim to do, but you’re still taking steps in the right direction towards achieving your ultimate goal. Others may begin in a field or job that they are not completely satisfied with. In this case, don’t be afraid to switch directions and pursue another option.

Some of us may also not be 100% sure what our passion is, and that is completely ok. Experience helps us learn more about ourselves and what we truly want. Keep searching until you feel that thrill and excitement for your career. When you find your passion, you will know. Don’t settle.

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Each step you take and each goal you achieve, will lead you further along the path to your ideal career. Visa versa, every challenge you overcome teaches you something new and helps you grow stronger.

Another huge key to remember is to: Stop comparing yourself to others. Appreciate, value and learn from others, but be sure to value your own strengths and skills. Every one of us is different and unique in our own way. Focus on growing yourself and do what works for YOU. 

3) Goal Setting | Achievement 

A huge piece of simple, yet valuable advice given to me was: “Write Down Your Goals.” Once you have your goals written down on paper, it becomes more real and achievable. You can visually see your accomplishments day-by-day and week-by week.

You can also adjust your goals and see what you need to change. You can further write down notes and things that you‘ve learned daily/weekly. Keeping a planner and utilizing note taking are valuable tools in goal setting. The better organized you are, the better you’ll be able to accomplish your goals. Sometimes ideas flow even better or more clearly when you write them down on paper.

Another valuable tool is a personal Mission Statement. A written mission statement will help you to decide what is the most important to you and what you truly value the most. (Read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People~Stephen Covey)

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4) Reflection and Relaxation | Save time for YOU!

The better you take care of yourself, the better you will perform. Throughout each day, set aside some time to relax. Go for a walk or jog, drive by the beach, read a book, listen to music, draw, meditate, etc. Do something for yourself that refreshes your inspiration and focus. Even during your workday, take 5-10minute breaks to refresh your mind. You will not only regain focus, but you will gain additional inspiration and creative ideas if you truly allow yourself to clear your mind during your breaks.

When it comes to reflection, be sure to save time to reflect at the end of each week. Think about what you accomplished or what you wish to change the next week. Reflection and self-thought can truly help you excel and think through the challenges you come across each day and week.

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5) Health and Fitness | Take care of Yourself!

It is vital to value your body and health. Working out and eating healthy provides additional energy and inspiration to each day. Everyone is different, so always do what works for You. What I have learned is that routines are one of the best tools when it comes to fitness. I save time to workout before I get ready for my day. Others may save time to workout after they get off work, or during their work day, or even a combination of these times. Others may save time for fitness a few days a week. But whichever form of fitness or routine you like, just do what you like Best.

Working out could be as simple as: walking, jogging and stretching. It does not have to be an intense form of workout. About 15-30 minutes is still valuable time. Of course, there may be exceptional days where you break routine with a busy schedule, but that is completely alright. Just keep in mind that your health and body is important.

As for eating healthy, you don’t have to be a health nut, but make sure you’re eating your vital food groups. Focus on buying food and making meals at home more often than eating out. Or pack a lunch and take it with you. Once again, there are always those exceptional days but do your best to eat healthy.

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6) People and Relationships | The Ultimate Key to Success and Happiness

At the end of the day, there is one thing that matters the most more than anything else: people and relationships. When you choose to surround yourself with great people, every experience just becomes better. Sharing your life with the people that love and value you, makes each challenge and success worthwhile. It’s important to surround yourself with those who support your passions and goals and want to lift you higher.  At the same time, the people that get the farthest in life not only work hard for themselves, they also support and lift up others.

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