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These 10 Genius Cats Will Inspire You

These 10 Genius Cats Will Inspire You

As any cat person will tell you, cats are more of an independent family member than a pet. They are cunning, light on their feet, and although they can make some incredibly stupid choices and make a fool of themselves, some of them are true geniuses that we can learn a thing or two from. Whether you are a cat person or not, these kitties will definitely make your day and inspire you too.

1. Faucet kitty

Despite what some people say, cats are not always the evil geniuses we’d like to believe. But they can be darn funny when they want to. At least it understands the importance of moisturizing your fur.

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2. Hypno kitty

Cat and dog friendships can sometimes be real. Just try and remember, when did someone give you this heartfelt massage? Or it could be brainwashing the dog – who can tell?

3. Jumping kitty

A deadly predator in the night, eons and eons of evolution have lead to…this? It makes the same mistake, not once but twice,expecting different results – so they might not be so different from humans after all.

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4. Roaring kitty

This is not a cat video, this is a test whether you are human or not. This kitten can awaken motherly instincts even in Arnold Schwarzenegger (I just now realized how complicated his name actually is). Please do not try and hug or pet the screen, as we will not be responsible for any damage that occurs.

5. Snuggle kitty

Looking at this video more carefully, I am not sure whether the cat is in love with this chihuahua, or just trying to eat it. Who knows what happens when the camera turns off? The dog is confused to say the least.

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6. Mirror kitty

Despite common belief, cats also like dancing naked in front of mirrors, like some humans. Or so I’ve heard. It’s either this, or it’s preparing for a charade championship.

7. Cannonball kitty

Hey, let’s be honest, this must be a lot harder than it actually looks. The reason behind this behaviour remains a mystery. Like most things that cats do. Five points for agility, but -10 for intellect.

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8. Snowy kitty

When someone tells you that cats are evil masterminds who are controlling us, just show them this video. It is obvious that something this cute and clumsy cannot be evil. Or this can also be a part of their plan. My cat is sitting next to my laptop, judging my laughter and thinking of suitable ways I should be punished. It’s probably going to pee in my shoes again. No, Mr. Fluffles, no!

9. Ninja kitty

I am just interested to see what happens when cats find out that snow is actually water. This cat is actually quite good at digging snow, which could be useful if they weren’t so lazy.

10. High five kitty

I had troubles potty training my own kid  and this cat learns to do this? They might be evil masterminds after all.

I think that this is more than enough proof that our furry little friends are genius minds who like to play the fool to make us lower our guard, clever minds on par with Detective Colombo, or are they perhaps incompetent goofballs who luck their way through life like Jacques Closeau in Pink Panther? It’s probably just best to play it safe and keep them happy.

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Ivan Dimitrijevic

Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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