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10 Signs You Have the Best Aunt Ever

10 Signs You Have the Best Aunt Ever

You have known your aunt your whole life and she is like a second mother to you. She has been there for all the important moments in your life, from softball games to graduation. Here are ten reasons why she truly is the best aunt and you are lucky to have her in your life.

1. She gives you a shoulder to lean on.

You know you can call her whenever you are struggling and need advice, because you feel completely comfortable opening up your heart to her. There are some things you have a hard time talking to your parents about, but you feel that your aunt is able to provide unbiased advice to you.

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2. She always tell the best stories about your parents when they were younger.

Sometimes it is hard to picture, but before you came along your parents were once young and have their fair share of adventures and antics that they got into. Your aunt is the perfect resource to hear stories about how you parents drove across the US in a RV or was a firsthand witness to the questionable clothing choices that your parents wore.

3. She keeps up with all the latest technology.

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest—your aunt is tech-savvy and enjoys interacting with you on social media. Plus, she knows not to leave embarressing comments on your posts or put embarrassing photos that your parents have been guilty of on more than one occasion.

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4. She gives you thoughtful presents.

Your aunt knows your likes and dislikes like the back of her hand and is always spot-on when giving you a present. She also spoils you rotten, giving the excuse that that is what aunts are for.

5. She gives you great style advice.

Her style is always on point and when you need to go shopping, you always know who to call for picking out the perfect outfit. She not only knows what looks good, but also which store you are bound to find a certain style of clothing in.

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6. She is a firm believer in dessert.

Her motto has always been that life is meant to be enjoyed, especially with the sweeter things in life. She is also a strong believer that there is no wrong time for dessert and she would often spoil you with sweets when you were younger just because.

7. She is worldly and well-traveled.

Her travels have brought her to places that you have only read about and you cannot get enough of her intrepid adventures around the world. She inspires you to be more adventurous and create your own extensive travel bucket list.

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8. She can help be an ally.

When you are having trouble bringing something up to your parents, you go to your aunt first for advice on how to approach a difficult topic with them. She always is ready with spot-on advice and willing to advocate on your behalf.

9. She says you are her favorite.

She often reminds you that you are her favorite out of your siblings and cousins and you know this is true because of the special bond you have together. She is one of the few adults in your life that you feel is both a friend and a mentor, and you never take this for granted.

10. She is your role model.

You have always been impressed by the way that she has lived her life, from her career choices to her lifestyle decisions. She is someone you have always looked up to and shaped your life after. Your aunt is living proof that it is important to chase after your dreams and you completely agree.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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