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Convey a Heartfelt Message in Writing – 7 Tips to Touch Another with Emotion

By Monica Nelson With Valentine’s Day approaching, loving sentiments can be found on every greeting card rack. Words written by another are nice, but your own heartfelt message delivers an emotional shot to their heart and endears you to them in a special way. If you want to make a bold impact, follow these tips to convey a heartfelt message. 1. Get in touch with your feelings. Feelings are the language of the heart. To evoke emotion from another, you must know and understand your own. Go to a quiet place and clear your mind. Draw your awareness to your current state of mind. What are you feeling right now? … Continue reading

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Conquering Discipline – 6 Steps to Move Beyond Just Do It

By Monica Nelson Years ago, a certain popular footwear company inferred to its customers that athletic prowess was a combination of their shoes and the drive to Just Do It. A reference to change through discipline, that line struck a chord with people so much that the slogan remains part of our culture today. But it’s one thing to say just do it. And a whole other thing to put that action into practice. Some background first. There are two types of change – involuntary, or the kind that is forced upon you, and voluntary, the kind you choose for yourself. We see a behavior in ourselves that is unwise, … Continue reading

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Top 10 Qualities to Grow If You Want Indestructible Friendships

By Monica Nelson True friends are priceless. We all want and need friendships. Emerging science suggests that our brains and nervous system thrive from interactions created through friendship. And that our self-identity is derived from people we closely associate with. But we don’t need science to know that friends add zest and well-being to our lives. So here are my top ten qualities you will want to grow if you hope to create lasting and unbreakable friendships. 1. Love. You probably love your friend or that person would not be your friend. Having that love and showing it on a daily basis are two separate qualities. Love grows on its … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Commanding Self Belief and Confident Expectation

By Monica Nelson Quick – what is the most important quality to propel you through life with the utmost efficiency, happiness, and accomplishment? Self belief is an incredibly important characteristic, and yet so few of us really embody it. Nor do we embrace it with the respect that it deserves. Yet, it is the backbone of our personal growth. Its strength guides us through the murky waters of our most difficult times. The quiet shadow of self belief keeps us strong and moving forward. Known also as faith in yourself, it spawns another quality of great value. Confident expectation is the flashlight we use to find our way through the … Continue reading

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What We Miss When We Don’t Experience All of Life

By Monica Nelson “Happy birthday to you.” Julie looked up to see Reggie and a bevy of their co-workers approaching her desk with her favorite frozen yogurt cake. She smiled broadly taking in every detail. Her friends’ accolades and hugs buoyed her spirits. She relished every micro-second of what was happening. It was not so earlier in the day. Reggie came scurrying up to her desk, “Joan is looking for you. Her meeting with John is in five minutes. She needs those figures now.” Julie let out a slow guttural sound. She was sure Reggie recognized the Joan groan, “Nothing I do pleases that woman.” Reggie didn’t answer. Instead he … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Practice Kindness and Love – A Countdown

By Monica Nelson We are not naturally kind. Nor are we naturally loving. It takes work and effort. Human nature typically runs on ego, and our egos are not instinctively kind and loving. They prefer to keep self interest above all else. But it is an undeniable fact that kindness and loving behavior are the cornerstones for greatness. If we were all kind and loving to one another, life would truly be a joyous event at every moment. It is the great paradox of human interaction. So to those who seek to rise above their own egoistic tendencies and seek after a more kind and loving nature, I offer this … Continue reading

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5 Levels of Talking — Ordered by the Amount of Love Each Shows

By Monica Nelson Humans require communication. We live with one another and derive our growth from interactions with each other. And that requires the ability to say what is on your mind, as well as to hear and understand what others have on their minds. It is a necessary function of our daily lives. But few of us realize that our speech, our communication with each other constitutes a tool through which we can also affect another person’s life in a positive or negative way. There are five ways in which we connect when we talk: 1. To Satisfy. This level is at the base of our interactions. It is the … Continue reading

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5 Great Ways to Make A Difference – Give a Little, Get a Lot

By Monica Nelson We all have a calling, something that gives us purpose and makes our lives meaningful. Your calling is as individual as you are. But every calling has a common component – the need to make a difference while we inhabit this planet. Discovering your specific answer to this common component may seem elusive. Many times we think that we have to achieve some large accomplishment in order to make a difference. But that is simply not true. There are many seemingly small acts you can do which have huge impacts that you may or may not ever fully comprehend. Here are a few ideas to get you … Continue reading

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What is Open-mindedness? And Why it is Imperative that You Work Toward It

By Monica Nelson To know what open-mindedness is, you first need to look at its opposite – narrow-mindedness. No one wants to be accused of narrow-mindedness. Yet, it is a very prevalent trait among us. Most people refer to their own narrow-mindedness as standing up for what they believe is right. While that sounds noble and altruistic, it is quite the opposite. To clarify, a narrow-minded belief is one in which we unconditionally believe that our way of thinking is correct, and that no one else’s opinion can have merit. We are unwilling to even consider another opinion. Opinionated beliefs come about from fear. We sense that someone with a … Continue reading

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Life on Overwhelm? 6 Tips to Put Your Life Back On Course

By Monica Nelson We live in fast-moving times. Technology has grown faster in the last 100 years than it has in the entire course of prior human existence. What’s more, it seems to grow faster and faster. Along with this advance comes an ever-growing set of responsibilities and duties. It is not unusual to find yourself overwhelmed. When it seems like life is demanding too much of you, you can become paralyzed and ineffective at doing anything. Before that happens, take a moment to hone up on what you can do to avoid it. 1. Breathe. Stop for a moment and simply breathe. Deep, slow breaths. Breathing will allow you … Continue reading

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