The Next Boost of Confidence

Confidence is perishable like food.

For some reason, we let it get stale and discard it.

But self-doubt never goes bad and it has a long shelf life.

Humans even let major accomplishments expire on a “use by” date.

The secret is to constantly refresh our successes.

A bigger secret is that even little, seemingly menial successes pack the same confidence building potential as a life altering one.

Review successes daily.

Notes on the phone is a great place to add them in as they happen.

Scroll through often during the day.

Successes can be the IOU’s you need when looking for the next boost of confidence.

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The Voice

The younger you are the more likely you are to text rather than call.

Texting is convenient and quick.

But it is not a substitute for hearing the human voice that also conveys emotion and urgency.

What would you give to hear the voice of a departed loved one more time?

A text message would not due.

Few would say “I’d really like to read one more text from my loved one who is no longer here”.

Text for convenience.

Call for connection.

You may have to work harder to dial or spend a bit more time to hear a voice either over the phone or in person.

Make time for the voice because that’s where all the humanity is.

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The First 6 Seconds

Advertisers now have research that shows Millennial buyers will give them only 6 seconds to connect and make their point.

The same world that gives us this very short attention span also impacts interpersonal relationships.

To communicate, we have 6 seconds.

6 seconds to say I missed you 

To ask for cooperation

To appreciate someone (and that includes the evidence to back up the compliment)

Only 6 seconds to teach

To share concern 

To say I’m sorry

In a way, less time is better.

It makes us think about what we intend to do and what we would like to say.

If you’re planning to participate in this world as fast paced as it is becoming, try getting to the point in the first 6 seconds to be a more effective communicator.

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Fear of What’s Next

Cancer patients often fear the next round of tests concerned about whether their disease has reoccurred.

Recovering addicts live one day at a time hoping and praying that they can stay away from that which they are addicted to.

Deep-seated concern for losing a job and the economic plight that it would cause is something almost everyone has gone through.

Even though 99% of what we fear will never happen, it doesn’t mean that fear is not real.

The remedy comes from a cardiologist who told his post-surgery patient concerned about the future to “Go out and live your life.  There are people who want to be you”.

To balance fears, become proactive about life in the present.

Fear is passive.

Living life is the proactive remedy.

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Charlottesville

Remember their state slogan?

Virginia is for lovers.

Not haters.

When the world gets more evil, it helps to remember the first responders – the helpers.  The people who, like the police officers killed over the weekend in a helicopter crash trying to deal with the Charlottesville mayhem, are willing to die to protect others.

Let the cable news channels, Twitter and social media debate the politics.

Even in hate there is still love all around.

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