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Thoughts From Successful People To Help You Keep the Faith

Thoughts From Successful People To Help You Keep the Faith

Here are thoughts to provoke you to get up and do something when “lack of faith” strikes you! I hope you find them useful, exciting, and helpful in trying times, when nothing seems “good enough.” I wish you the very best and may these quotes serve as a reminder that you are wonderful simply the way you are. You need not change for anyone else but yourself. Best of luck! With all your future endeavors may you receive happiness, faith, trust, and love from all those who care about you and those who you love as well! Lots and lots of best wishes for a hearty future and zealous life ahead! Best wishes.

1. Albert Einstein

-Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!

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    2. Dr. Seuss

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!

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      3. Howard Thurman

      Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive!

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        4. Thomas Edison

        I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!

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          5. Howard Zinn

          -Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world!

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            6. Winston Churchill

            -A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject! 

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              7. Sigmund Freud

              -Being entirely honest with yourself is a good exercise!

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                8. John Steinbeck

                -The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world!

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                  9. Shakespeare

                  …and we’ll live, and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh at gilded butterflies…and take upon the mystery of things as if we were God’s spies!

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                    10. Martin Luther King Jr.

                    -Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter!

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                      11. Harry S. Truman

                      -The truth is all I want for history!

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                        12. Robert M. Pirsig

                        The only Zen you find on top of mountains is the Zen you bring up there!

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                          13. James Buchanan

                          What is right and what is practicable are two different things!

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                            14. Albert Einstein

                            Imagination is more important than knowledge!

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                              15. Billie Holiday

                              -Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain!

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                                13. Alan Key

                                -The best way to predict the future is to invent it!

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                                  14. Cavett Robert

                                  -If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one!

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                                    15. Frank Zappa

                                    If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, dad, teacher, priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it!

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                                      16. Eminem

                                      -Some people dream of success….while others wake up and work hard for it!

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                                        17. Tim Duncan

                                        -Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best!

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                                          18. Emma Watson

                                          -Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love!

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                                            19. Mahatma Gandhi

                                            -first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!

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                                              20. Bob Marley

                                              -The truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for!

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                                                21. Lao Tzu

                                                -The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!

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                                                  21. Coco Chanel

                                                  -How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone!

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                                                    22. Albert Einstein

                                                    -Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value!

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                                                      23. Walter Cronkite

                                                      -Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles!

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                                                        24. Mahatma Gandhi

                                                        -You must be the change you want to see in the world!

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                                                          25. M. Teresa

                                                          -Kind words are short and easy but their echoes are endless!

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                                                            26. Will Smith

                                                            -If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect me to be present during your success!

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                                                              27. Seth Godin

                                                              -Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from!

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                                                                28. Dr. Steve Maraboli

                                                                -Let go of the people that dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues!

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                                                                  29. Unknown

                                                                  -Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections!

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                                                                    30. Albert Einstein

                                                                    Life is like a riding bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving!

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                                                                      31. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                      -What lies behind us and what lies before user tiny matters compared to what lies within us!

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                                                                        32. Socrates

                                                                        -There is only one good knowledge, and one evil, ignorance!

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                                                                          33. Oscar Wilde

                                                                          Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing!

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                                                                            34. Unknown

                                                                            -every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back!

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                                                                              7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                                              7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                                              The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                                                                              Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                                                                              Posture

                                                                              First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                                                                              • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                                                                              • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                                                                              • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                                                                              • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                                                                              All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                                                                              Facial Expressions

                                                                              Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                                                                              • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                                                                              • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                                                                              • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                                                                              If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                                                                              1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                                                                              A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                                                                              The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                                                                              This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                                                                              2. Relax Your Face

                                                                              New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                                                                              The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                                                                              To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                                                                              3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                                                                              Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                                                                              The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                                                                              To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                                                                              3. Smile More

                                                                              There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                                                                              Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                                                                              4. Hand Gestures

                                                                              Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                                                                              It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                                                                              5. Enhance Your Handshake

                                                                              In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                                                                              “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                                                                              It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                                                                              6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                                                                              As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                                                                              Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                                                                              Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                                                                              Final Takeaways

                                                                              Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                                                                              If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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