New Sources of Self-Love

We remember our faults and keep them burned into our brains.

But we generally don’t remember when we have done well.

Living with regrets – with self-based criticism is an awful thing that can be reversed.

  • For every fault you conjure up, balance it with a positive trait (i.e., “my boss tells me I don’t contribute enough” is balanced with “but I am dependable, reliable and work well with others”).
  • Only you get direct access into your subconscious.  Even a compliment from another person should be directly delivered to your brain.  Only you get to record in the subconscious of your mind.  This helps prevent growing co-dependent to people who compliment you one minute, take it away another and make you crave their approval to get it back.
  • Forgive yourself for not being perfect and join all the rest of the people in the world.  Perfectionism is a great and useful goal but it is a guaranteed path to unhappiness initiated by you.
  • Get off your own back.  Forgive, love and protect yourself.

Self-love can never come from another person.

At most they can affirm positive things about you.

Only we can attain self-love.

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Handling Haters

Nothing kills relationships more than jealousy.

It’s a roadblock to career advancement.

A detriment to intimate personal relationships.

Haters exhibit jealousy often in a more public way through social media and interaction.

The best defense that strikes at the heart of haters is:

  • It’s about them, not you.  Key on that thought when faced with a hater.
  • Don’t fight back – that’s what haters want.  Refuse to engage them.  If you fight back, you risk becoming a hater, too.
  • Be cool.  Showing hurt or other emotions is what haters live for.  And that’s a tough assignment especially when haters are hating in social media.  Keep your hurt private but find a true friend to help you express your feelings.
  • Respond with your strengths.  True self-confidence comes as a suit of armor.  Put your best traits forward not insecurities and imperfections.
  • Haters gonna hate.  They won’t go away.  Live in their world by ignoring them and stick to your strengths.

Ted Kennedy was a polarizing political figure.  But he was genial to everyone even his enemies.  Who knows how he really felt inside but on the outside he waved, smiled and lived the life he wanted to live.

Haters know you don’t like them but they also need to know that you’re not about to let it bother you.

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The Only Way To Change a Person

Maybe you’re around people you wish were somehow different.

You may remember your spouse in a different way than you see them today. Or hope that an employer or associate could have better people skills. Your children may be getting older and you don’t recognize their behavior as they mature.

Try to change a person and you attack their self-esteem.

They dig in and become more stubborn.

In other words you have zero chance of getting them to change the way you want them to.

Only they can change if they want to.

In the meantime work on changing you.

Others will feel more open to change when you can help make them feel good about themselves.

There is no choice but to accept others just the way they are – who knew, Mister Rogers was correct.

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Living With Controlling People

Controllers are often perfectionists with anxiety issues.

They have to have it their way.

The truth about control freaks is that in a sense we all have control issues.  Who doesn’t want to get their way as often as possible?

When living with a strong personality who pushes and bullies their will onto you, the answer is often as simple as this.

Picture yourself carrying a deck of cards and one of them has NO written on it.

Play the NO card every time someone tries to will their way onto you.

When they try again and again (and they probably will), say NO again and again.

No control freak can have their way with us unless we allow it and one of the most effective ways to neutralize them is to play the NO card.

Then for the control freak in all of us remember that the best way to gain control is to give up control.

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Selfish Friends

When I was in college, my best buddy in the broadcasting program and I decided to pitch small, local stations on a show that featured both of us as a team.

One day, from a phone booth at school, my friend contacted the program director of a small suburban radio station (with me by his side) and I plainly heard him say, “Jerry and I want to do a show for your station”.

The program director told him, “I don’t need two djs doing a show. I need one part-timer for the weekends”.

My friend took the job right there and then without even consulting me.

I was shocked, hurt and disappointed.

But I learned a lesson.

Friends who are selfish will regret their selfishness.

He took the weekend job for minimum wage in a radio station that was dumpier than a gas station.

I continued to look for work.

We remained friends but things were never the same.

Then, I made a call to a local TV station by myself and got hired as a booth announcer for more money than I ever made in my life up to that point.

The one thing I never forget is that if my friend had not sold me down the river, we would still be shopping that ill-fated show and I would have missed my opportunity to make the phone call that eventually got me a job in a market television station.

Out of bad comes good.

When friends disappoint, rise above it because you may find a greater reward without them.

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