Don’t Text Me, Tell it Straight to My Face

That’s the title of a current hit song called “Truth Hurts” by the artist Lizzo.

It’s not about texting but makes a great point about it.

Tell it straight to my face. 

That’s a workaround for spending too much time on our digital devices.

Look for opportunities to not text and say it face-to-face or at least with the benefit of the receiver hearing your voice.

No one wants to give up their digital life, but there are ways to keep it real by looking for opportunities to tell it straight to someone’s face.

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Overcoming the Odds

I wanted to be in television so badly I sent audition tapes to the three major network affiliates in Philadelphia for years to no avail.

Not once did I get a rejection letter or a letter even acknowledging my tapes.

But the gift in not getting what I wanted was that it continually showed me how badly I wanted to work on the air in television – so I continued.

One day, year’s later my tape happened to arrive on the desk of the program director of the ABC affiliate and he picked up the phone and called me.

“It’s just a two-day gig.  Nothing more.  You’ll be a booth announcer”.

Once I got my foot in the door, well – you know what happened then.

Not getting what I wanted taught me how badly I wanted it and drove me to continue pursuit of my dream.

Had I become discouraged, I would have learned I was less motivated.

The question is:  how badly do you want it?

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3 Steps That Always Break the Worry Habit

One, ask what’s the worst thing that could happen.

Two, get prepared to accept the worst.

Three, change it if you can.

99% of the time what we fear never happens and 1% of the time it doesn’t happen the way we fear.

Is that worth all the pain and suffering from worry?

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Getting More People to Like You

  1. Practice the awesome power of listening – even in a world of self-absorption, people respond to those who show a sincere desire to listen without commenting, augmenting or turning the attention back to them.
  2. Inject others with a good, positive mood – Think about the people you respect and like to be around. They make you feel good.  That’s who you want to be.
  3. Appreciate, but don’t flatter – flattery is meaningless words of praise. Appreciation is backed up by specific examples of what you say you appreciate.
  4. Practice diplomacy as the art of letting someone else have your way.    

Openness and empowerment are two qualities that people cannot resist.

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Starting Over

Every day is the beginning of a new chapter in your life.

No need to hang onto the past with all its worries or fears.

No need to fear the future that hasn’t happened yet.

Breaking life into one day at a time helps to rejuvenate us and free us from the shackles that have been holding us back the previous day.

New chapter, new opportunity.

Instead of walking around with the cumulative effect of everything that may have gone wrong or worried us, start each new day fresh – with a clean canvass – upon which to create a better day today.

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Adopting a Positive Attitude

90% of what happens to us every day is good.

10% of it is bad.

Yet we spend 90% of our time focusing on that 10%.

To guarantee a more positive attitude, focus the majority of your day on the 90% of the things that happen that are good.

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Changing People

We can’t.

But few among us don’t fritter away wasted time trying.

The sure way to an unhappy life is to try to change another person.

Accept them with what you perceive as flaws and all and help them without being judgmental or with a goal to transform them because in the end no human has ever permanently changed another person – not with power over them, money or influence.

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A More Effective Way to Deal with Enemies

Forgive them and forget them.

Forgive them so that the anger that they provoke does not turn you into them.

And forget them because no good can come from embracing or engaging anyone you feel is your enemy.

The power of forgiveness has two very potent benefits.

One, it lets you rid yourself of mean people.

Two, it gives you the gift of letting go.

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The Secret to Avoid Being Miserable

As George Bernard Shaw said “To have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.”

It is why busy people are less unhappy even though they carry their problems with them.

The more we worry about worry, the more worried we become.

There is no need to obsess over fears and worry because that just multiplies the problem and offers no solution.

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Perishable Confidence

Confidence only seems to be high when things are going well.

The trick is to think like a winner when adversity strikes.

Ceding success and happiness to luck is a rollercoaster ride not worth the thrill.

Believing, remembering, projecting the next victory large or small is true confidence.

Savor every opportunity to feel good about feeling confidence in yourself.

Then when things get tough, double down on your conviction to bounce back.

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