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February  2013 Volume 5 Issue 2


Valentine's Day: Love Yourself!


Why is it when we think about Valentine's Day we think only of lovers or special relationships? Why not also think about ourselves? There is a saying, "If you don't love yourself, you will never be able to love others." May the wisdom in this thought remind you to look after yourself first!  Here are some suggestions that you can do this Valentine's Day to "love yourself."

  • Look around you and appreciate those who care about you. Be thankful they are in your life.
  • Call that someone who made a difference in your life. Thank them for caring about you.
  • Make a list of all the things you like about yourself and things that you have accomplished. Don't be modest; it's the little things that can make a difference. 
  • Don't be hard on yourself. When you hear yourself say, "I should have," or "I am so stupid," change your thought. Love yourself by changing your self-talk to a positive self-talk. If you wouldn't say those things to your best friend, then why say them to yourself? 
  • Take 5 minutes, sit quietly and reflect on all the blessings in your life. Don't they make you a better person? 

Celebrate your own special qualities and the fact that you are a unique individual. Then, go lead yourself and others to accomplish great things.


Adapted from author Catherine Pulsifer 


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 Leadership Tip of The Month  


Create an Accomplishment Journal.


Self-confidence, stemming from a belief in your worth and your abilities, is a pre-requisite to achievement.


Enhance your capabilities to achieve by believing in yourself. Constantly remind yourself that you are a "winner" by revisiting past accomplishments.
Create a Journal for yourself and write down past accomplishments, past wins.
No accomplishment, no win is to small. Don't be modest, write them all down. 
Revisit your journal, add to it and celebrate it on a regular basis. Post the wins you are most proud of at your work station, on your computer or phone to remind you each day of  your successes, of your ability too make things happen.
Constant use of this journal allows you to assume the characteristics and experience  of positive behavior, of being a winner. 

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

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