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10 Reasons to be True to Yourself

10 Reasons to be True to Yourself

Your true being gives and shows what is real, important, and necessary for you. When you choose to live your life to reveal your true being, you open the world to you, you open yourself to opportunities, miracles and real relationships. You stop living your life with your mind and its borders and rights and wrongs, but you live with your heart with no faults or delusion. Just to grow within.

1. It gives you freedom.

Honesty sets you free. There are no masks to wear, no worries what others will think of you. You are true to yourself and others. You don’t make yourself live in a cage with borders and understanding. You live your life as a gift to become free and meet your true being.

2. You have true and real relationships.

When you are honest to yourself, when you don’t want to pretend to be a different person just to look good in other people’s eyes, you can have pure, real relationships with them. You don’t play a character. Your Ego is not the director of your life, but your heart is.

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3. You save a lot of energy and time.

Pretending and adapting to the outer world takes a lot of energy and time. Your thoughts are running 100 miles per hour, worrying about what you should say or do to impress others. In the end you keep saying nothing and nobody can see your true being–your uniqueness.

4. You release your fears.

When you truly accept yourself–realizing your weaknesses and strength–you don’t hide, but try your best to show others your best part. Make it shine. There are no fears of failures or other’s opinions. You take each situation or moment to find out something new about yourself and go closer to your true being.

Live Your Own Life

    5. You live your own life.

    When other people’s opinions are not important anymore, you stop spending each moment wondering how you should live to make others happy. When you choose to spend more time and energy to know yourself better, you will do anything and everything it takes to get closer to your true self. You can truly live your life.

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    6. You experience inner growth and change.

    Realizing who you are and feeling who you want to be, you do anything to become that person. And you do it for yourself not others.

    7. You love yourself and attract more love.

    Love is to accept and to understand. The more you love yourself, the more love you attract from outer world.

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      8. You can see the light in others, and best part of them.

      When you stop doing everything to hide your dark side, you stop seeing in others their dark side and you do your best to see the Light in them. No matter how deep or far it is, you know behind all those masks, there is their unique true being and you can help them believe in it.

      9. You can ask forgiveness and express gratitude.

      You notice things the way they really are. You see the reality and you live in it. You appreciate moments to be thankful for and you know when to ask for forgiveness. You can change from your mistakes, because they make you even more honest and give you the opportunity to grow.

      10. Subtle world and God come in your being and life.

      When you take off all your masks and release your fears, then you are ready to look into your true being. When there are no doubts and worries, time stops and you let God (in whatever incarnation you believe) come in your life and guide you. There is no day or moment when you can’t be yourself. It is your choice and decision, to please others or be brave, and let your best part and true being shine inside out. It is a great journey with lot of miracles and surprises. It is a journey where you can meet yourself.

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      The Gentle Art of Saying No

      The Gentle Art of Saying No

      No!

      It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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      But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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      What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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      But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

      1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
      2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
      3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
      4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
      5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
      6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
      7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
      8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
      9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
      10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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