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15 Reasons You’re Probably Amazing Though You Don’t Know It

15 Reasons You’re Probably Amazing Though You Don’t Know It

Through difficulties and struggles we find direction and purpose. Sometimes making necessary sacrifices to keep going may seem daunting and impossible. Importantly, we find beauty in ourselves and through our tribulations should know that we are always amazing — and that no one has the right to take this splendid quality from us.

“Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery” ― Anne Frank

1. You can tolerate others despite their faults

Even when you are taken for granted and inflicted with scorn you can still find reason to smile and give an individual or a group of people a second chance. You are not stiff and see the beauty of the world in the sunrise rather than the sunset.

2. You can wait for your turn

You are not always in haste or in a hurry; rather, you understand the value of time and patience. At the end of the day you understand everything will turn out in your favor.

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3. You are empathetic

You can relate with others who are going through difficult situations. You understand their tribulations and in you there is a desire to help or to alleviate their pain.

4. You do not seek perfection

You do not seek perfection from yourself or from others. You know that this is practically not possible and you can learn to live life this way and stop acting too seriously. Thus you are more relaxed and live with fewer regrets.

5. You can take risks

You can take a chance and attempt another kind and purposeful act. You do not give up hope easily as you are able to show grit, determination, and resilience in the face of obstacles and defiance.

6. You do not compare yourself with others

Making comparisons and trying to be what you are not doesn’t help your self esteem. This behavior bruises it. You understand this and find reasons not to be jealous or envious of others.

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7. You are grateful

You can appreciate others and say “thank you.” You are not afraid or unable to show appreciation or express gratitude. Somehow you are healed when you do this.

8. You are willing to help others

You are selfless and you find joy in offering your time and energy. You understand purpose is in contribution rather than setting boundaries.

9. You live with no regrets

You will make mistakes and others will also. You’ve come to terms with the fact that you cannot change the past. There is purpose and peace in letting go of the hurt that comes from past events.

10. You are self-aware

You know your limitations. You also know what you can take and what you cannot take. Beyond this you do not stretch yourself, rather you can embrace yourself and work positively within your abilities.

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11. You can deal with pain

Just as there are joys and fun moments, there are struggles you have to put up with. Through these struggles you can fight and win. You do not let pain define you, rather you define pain.

12. You can listen

Sometimes what others need from you is for you to listen, for you to be attentive and offer them support. You are approachable and always ready to listen.

13. You are the light in darkness

You are rare and unique and something worth keeping. You offer this light and illumination when everything turns sour or negative. You do not keep the light or store it. You shine it.

14. You are positive

You understand that whatever has gone wrong today can be made better tomorrow. You do not dwell in negativity or swim in your misfortunes rather you are optimistic and you treat every day with the amazing potential it has to offer you.

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15. You enjoy life

You smile and you are interesting to be with. You enjoy life as your joys are in the simple things and sharing them with others.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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