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Gandhi Quotes To Boost Everyone’s Confidence

Gandhi Quotes To Boost Everyone’s Confidence

My life is my message.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi, titled Mahatma, or great soul, is perhaps the most revered figure of the twentieth century. He was an immensely influential political and spiritual leader who achieved India’s independence from Britain during a long and difficult campaign of non-violence.

His gentleness and wisdom are remembered and continue to influence millions of people today.

21 of his sayings are repeated here, grouped under three headings: LIFE, ACTION and HEALTH/HAPPINESS. How can you use these Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence? Copy your favorite from each section onto a sticky note. Place them where you’ll read them every day. They’ll give you encouragement to believe in yourself and to build on your self-confidence. Maybe you, too, can change even one little thing in this world for the better.

LIFE Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.

1. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

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    2. “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”

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      3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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        4. “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

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          5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

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            6. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

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              7. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

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                ACTION Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.

                8. “Action expresses priorities.”

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                  9. “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

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                    10. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”

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                      11. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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                        12. “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”

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                          13. “Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”

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                            14. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

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                              HEALTH and HAPPINESS Gandhi quotes to boost your confidence.

                              15. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

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                                16. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

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                                  17. “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

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                                    18. “Each one has to find his peace from within.”

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                                      19. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world . . . as in being able to remake ourselves.”

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                                        20. “Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

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                                          21. “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.”

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                                            Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                            The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                            The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                            In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                                            Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

                                            Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

                                            Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                                            Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                                            Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                                            Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                                            Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                                            Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                                            Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                                            The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                                            Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                                            Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                                            How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                                            Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                                            Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                                            Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                                            How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                                            Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                                            Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                                            Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

                                            How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

                                            Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                                            Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                                            Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

                                            How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

                                            Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                                            Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                                            Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                                            How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

                                            Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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                                            Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                                            Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                                            How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                                            Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                                            Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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