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The two short and simple words ‘thank you’ are frequently used but somehow their true essence is not understood and their real impact on our lives is not fully realised. This act of gratitude is not only encompassed as a practice of etiquette and good manners but actually goes far beyond that. It’s more than a discipline, it’s a lifestyle.

 

Expressing gratitude doesn't necessarily have to be grandiose. Even small gestures are enough and at times can be more meaningful and make the greatest impact, especially when shown with genuineness and sincerity. Being appreciated, valued and respected is important to everyone so choose to practice gratitude every day and we will certainly improve all our relationships whether professional or personal.

 

While saying the phrase ‘thank you’ means a lot to the people we say it to, at the same time, it’s also incredibly rewarding. We get to unlock a lot of benefits such as improved health, higher confidence levels, more patience and motivation - overall, a positive mindset. Aside from acknowledging others, we also need to pay attention to ourselves. One way to do this is by means of self-affirmation. Be kind to yourself as much as you are to others. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work and goals you have achieved.

 


“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.”




― Ralph Marston




“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”




― Zig Ziglar




“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.”




― Mary Kay Ash




“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”




― Brian Tracy




“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.”




― Joel Osteen

 

 


 

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Build Enduring Trust and Respect

 

Giving and earning trust is never easy. It’s something that needs to be developed over a period of time. Many people even struggle with trust due to fear, trauma, and other various reasons. So that’s why no matter how difficult it might seem to earn the trust of others, this should always be one of the most important core values that a person needs to take into account in life. 

 


“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”




― Stephen Covey

 

When we develop a trustworthy character, it will be easier for us to build personal and professional relationships. We inspire confidence because others feel more secure and sure that they can count on us and that we won’t let them down. Proving ourselves to be worthy of trust can be a tough job but when we consistently display the qualities such as honesty, transparency, openness, integrity, and authenticity, then earning trust should be like a breeze.

 


“The single most important ingredient in the recipe for success is transparency because transparency builds trust.”




― Denise Morrison




“If people like you, they'll listen to you, but if they trust you, they'll do business with you.”




― Zig Ziglar



Trust is always linked to respect

 

Same as trust, respect is something that needs to be earned, not demanded. It should also be considered as an essential core value. Moreover, it's best to keep in mind that respect begets respect. If you constantly show good manners and acts of kindness to others, they will acknowledge and reciprocate. In order to achieve a healthy relationship dynamic, it always has to be a two-way street.

 

Once you’ve gained and strengthened trust and respect that you worked hard for, make it enduring. Safeguard yourself from committing careless mistakes. It’s a lot more difficult to redeem reputation and restore trust when broken and at times even impossible to rebuild. 

 


“Men are respectable only as they respect.”




― Ralph Waldo Emerson




“Respect is for those who deserve not for those who demand it.”




― Paulo Coelho




“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.”




― Stephen Covey

 

 


 

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Rejection happens to everyone all the time and no one likes it. A particular event of rejection creates and triggers a lot of emotions that leave us feeling very vulnerable. Some people bounce back quickly after experiencing rejection while others seem to take a lot longer to get over extreme sadness, find peace and recover mentally and emotionally.

 


“Rejection can disappoint you, depress you and may even stop you in your tracks. Learn not to take rejection so personally. If you're honest with yourself and believe in your work, others will too.”




― Bev Jozwiak



Deal with rejection in a healthy manner

 

We naturally want to avoid distressing situations at all costs so it's just normal for us to protect ourselves after suffering from rejection. We get so traumatised and we tend to let fear and anxiety consume us. But even though it hurts so bad, it’s really important for us to undergo the stages of grief after being rejected to be able to fully deal with it the healthy way.




“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don't base your self-esteem on their opinions.”




― Harvey Mackay



What are your core beliefs? Studies show that our beliefs contribute to how we react to painful rejection. To establish core belief system, start by doing regular daily reflection because it helps a lot in shifting to a mindset that focuses more on growth and personality development. Also give yourself positive affirmations everyday as a reminder of your self-worth. This will surely give you enough strength to cope in case you would be rejected again in the future.

 


“It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected.”




― Robert Genn



You may hear others say to you “Hang in there! It’s not the end of the world.” Although you would think that it’s easier said than done because they don’t have any idea what you’re going through but never let negative feelings get the best of you. Just take all the advice you can get. Always remember that your feelings are only temporary - may it be anger, sadness and self-pity. Have the courage to move forward, knowing that you have learned valuable lessons from this experience.




“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”




― Bo Bennett




“Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”




― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 


 

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First impressions matter a lot because how people see you today can affect your future networks. A positive first experience with you could lead to a job offer you've always wanted, a winning pitch for a project you've worked on for months, and the gaining of trust that increases your credibility to anyone you meet in your personal and professional life.

 


“A good first impression can work wonders.”




― J. K. Rowling




“Go out of your way to make an outstanding first impression.”




― Robert Cheeke

 

It only takes a few nanoseconds to make a positive impression so it’s important to make it count. Although it could be difficult to change an impression once it has been made, it's still possible for you to correct the way people see you. However, the first impression influences all other impressions that follow. So when you want to be perceived in a certain way, you need to double or even triple your efforts to shake off the initial impression and make other people forget their original perception of you on your first encounter.

 


“First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man’s look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.”




― William Hazlitt

 

Strong leaders who usually show a dynamic, confident, strong, and friendly personality are the types of leaders that can effortlessly influence their followers. This is due to the fact that one’s ability to affect others’ lives depend on how they are perceived. People are naturally drawn to them because they present themselves very well, demonstrate inspiration, motivation and encouragement. They can easily earn trust and respect. These positive qualities are like magnets that attract the attention of people and they also eventually develop the inclination to become like them.

 


“A firm, hearty handshake gives a good first impression, and you'll never be forgiven if you don't live up to it.”




― P. J. O'Rourke

 


“Life is a first impression. You get one shot at it. Make it everlasting.”




― J.R. Rim

 

 

Whenever you see an opportunity for you to showcase your abilities and talents, grab it. When you want to make a very good impression, try to present yourself in a manner that makes you unforgettable while still being authentic at the same time. When you think you’ve failed to make a good impression, don’t worry. Nothing is set in stone so you’ll get another chance and make sure to get it right the second time around.

 


 

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Throughout our lives, we might have given and received thousands of advice over the years. Can you recall the best piece of advice that you have received and have given to others? Sometimes we take the advice when we think we can benefit from it, and other times, well, we just simply do the opposite.

 


“As you get older, you grow and mature, and that should never stop. As soon as you stop growing, you're done living. I'll always be growing, forever learning, forever taking in advice from people I deeply respect.”




― Odell Beckham, Jr.



Seek advice from mentors and choose your mentors wisely. When we were young, our first advisors were our parents or guardians. When we started to attend school, we spend most of our time with our friends and teachers, so our decisions are often influenced by them. However, there should also be a time when we should choose who to approach to ask for good insights and that's where our mentors come in.

 


“Mentors don't just have to be people who are older or more experienced than you are. Mentors are people who really care about you, know you, and want to offer feedback and advice to help you grow.”




― Jennifer Hyman



The Unsolicited Advice

 

When others hear about your problems, sometimes they would be compelled to give you advice even if you didn't ask for it. How do you react to unsolicited advice? If you receive suggestions from others, it’s best to keep in mind that they should be taken with a grain of salt. Try to keep an open mind and see the positive side of things. Besides, most of the people who offer support genuinely mean well anyway. This might sound tough, but instead of feeling offended and defensive, it’s a lot better to listen. Politely acknowledge the advice. Showing kindness and appreciation can definitely go a long way.

 


“Be true to yourself, stay focused and stay you, take advice from other folks, use what you can, but never mind what is not for you. For the most part, trust yourself and believe in what you are doing.”




― Taalib Johnson



The Advice with Criticism

 

When you get unsolicited advice, some of them may contain criticisms. While the comment might feel like a punch in the face, constructive feedback can also be beneficial. When others point to us our weaknesses, they are actually giving us the opportunity to develop and improve ourselves. Yes, it’s really hard to hear criticism but when we learn to handle them the right way, we could accept and use them to our advantage. Take note of the most important lessons learned.

 


“It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.”




― Aeschylus



Know that in the end, you are the one who have the power to take action. You can reflect upon the suggestions you hear from others. Filter the advice you get. When you feel that they are already crossing the boundaries, don’t be afraid to speak up and say that you appreciate their thoughts but unfortunately, it just doesn't apply to you then move on.

 


“People are full of great advice... Professors, parents, friends mean well... But in the end, the person driving this thing called life is you. Listen to you. Spend time being alone. Learn your worth. Dream. And never forget where you came from.”




― Brooke Baldwin

 

 


 

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