Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Yes, today, July 2, 1776, was the day the Continental Congress adopted Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

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Fall in Love with Yourself

Ever have a time in your life when you really haven’t liked yourself? If you don’t like yourself, it’s hard to love yourself. If you have fallen out of love with yourself, let

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You may not be all that you have imagined you could be, or all that you might have been. You are, however, enough, just as you are. Love yourself, just as you are.

yourself fall in love again.

Maybe you’re not making as much money as you think you should. Or, you’re out of shape and overweight, your career has stalled, your looks have faded. The dreams that were still in front of you are now, irrevocably, behind you, never to be realized.

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Here’s What I’m Thinking

“Here’s what I’m thinking,” is a phrase I use often in conversations at home, with friends, and at work. I’ve found that it opens the door to a discussion – especially

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When you take the time to engage others in conversation about your decisions, and share with them your rationale, you’re far more likely to gain acceptance, agreement and commitment.

when others seem to be reluctant to share an opinion, or to engage in the conversation, or they are not receptive to whatever action I just suggested.

It’s an effective technique at work, and you may already use it there.

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