How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was one of the first self-help books published in 1936 and has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. It contains excellent principles for human relations and is a MUST READ if you come in contact with people on a regular basis!!! LOL!
The principles covered in the book are universal and cover practically every important aspect of relationships. The problem, of course, is in putting the principles into practice. Knowing is one thing, but applying is another!
Since most of us tend to be self-centered, we need conscious and serious effort to apply the principles in the book. Read it, highlight it, take notes. Truly make the serious effort to practice the principles on a daily basis. You will have influence & friends in abundance!!!
Gratitude is an expression of thanks for gifts we have received. Scientists are finding that an attitude of gratitude is a powerful contributor to a happy life. Some believe that it may be the single most effective way to increase happiness.
The idea of receiving a gift is central to the concept of gratitude. While merely appreciating something for its positive qualities does have a positive impact on our lives and emotions, gratitude takes the next step beyond. Gratitude happens when we go beyond just appreciating something to acknowledging that we have received a gift that we did nothing to earn or deserve. On some level, the warm emotional rush we feel when we really feel gratitude is very much like the glow we feel from realizing we are unconditionally loved.
Journal - For two weeks (or more) whenever you get that "rushed" feeling an the sense of impatience, write down the feelings associated. This will allow you to be more aware.
Do some Reflection - Why are you in such a hurry? Look at your schedule - learn to say NO.
Pinpoint the Triggers - Identify the people, places, activites that cause you to become annoyed & impatient. What are the realitites that you can deal with.
Overcome - Take a deep breath, count to 10, go to your "happy place" discover a technique that allows you to get through each bout of impatience you experience.
Look for Patterns - Figure out the unhealthy relationships, environments, problems that you can remove to allow more peace in your life.
Let GO - Sometimes we need to simply walk away.
Remind Yourself - Time really can make a difference.
Expect the Unexpected - then you won't be surprised and take things as they come.
Give Yourself a Break - Do something for YOU everyday.
Remember What Matters - Move the world towards peace by being kind, generous, grateful and take advantage of what truly matters most - LOVE.
You will eventually get what you want - just remember patience is a mental skill that you will never forget, so cherish & celebrate patience as a major step for you in life.
REMINDER: My book, This Is Your Year to Design & Live the Life of Your Dreams is a 365 page journey towards doing exactly that! This blog gives you a simple highlight of each week's topic - You can order copies of the book here or at Amazon.com
When you are pursuing your Big Dream, sometimes you will feel like giving up. You will experience setbacks and problems. It may be taking way longer than you like. Doubt begins to creep in; people closest to you (often those who don't have Big Dreams of their own) are telling you it can't be done, you're crazy, and that it wasn't meant to be.
If you are discouraged and feel as though your dream is dying, don't give up! Don't give up too soon on your dreams! It's always too soon to quit! Keep going! This dream is unique to you - If it were easy, anyone could do it...
It can be the same with you and your life. We can misread the message of circumstances and thereby miss our destiny. When you dream, you can rise above your limitations; you move from where you are to where you are supposed to be. The question is not if you can dream but if you have the courage to follow through and pursue those dreams!
The answer is YES!
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