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It’s the Little Things that Matter

It’s a hunger that needs to be satisfied. It’s in all of us. We have a need to make something out of our lives. To be recognized for something positive. And when we don’t reach our desired goals, we feel like a failure, cheated, unworthy. We question our own self-worth. It can leave us despondent. We ask ourselves if only …

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Amazing Power Resides within Us

What is it that lies at the core of our being? A great power. The power of creation and transformation. Ralph Waldo Emerson pleaded with us not to forget this fact when he wrote, “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Regrettably, some of us are asleep …

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3 Golden Laws of Life

1. We Reap what We Sow You have heard people say, “What goes around comes around.” But have you given that saying much thought? It is actually a modern way to express ancient wisdom. The Old Testament stated it this way “. . . they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” (Job 4:8). At least 50 years …

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The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 5: Self-Motivation

In the last four issues I covered four of the five Pillars of Personal Power: Self-Efficacy, Self-Reliance, Self-Discipline, and Resilience. In this issue, I will touch on the final pillar, Self-Motivation. This pillar can be considered the most important of the five. After all, what good are the abilities to act, depend on yourself, control yourself, and bounce back from …

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The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 4: Self-Reliance

In the last issue I continued with the introduction of the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing it.” 4. Self-Motivation: “I want …

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The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 3: Resilience

In the last issue I continued with the introduction of the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing it.” 4. Self-Motivation: “I want …

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The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 2: Self-Efficacy

In the last issue I introduced the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing it.” 4. Self-Motivation: “I want to do what is …

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The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 1: Self-Discipline

Power is a means of gaining control and personal power is the capacity to control one’s own life. It seems to me that personal power should be our primary concern, for if we don’t take control over our lives, others will do it for us. There are five components of personal power. They are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; …

Change Yourself for the Better

If you say to yourself, “Why would I need to change anything in my life? I’m satisfied with things the way they are,” then this article isn’t for you. But if you understand that you need to make some changes to achieve a better you—if you believe that you could use some improvement— then you’ll find something of great value …