If You Are Not Comfortable Living Your Values, This Quote Is For You

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“Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.”– Boris Pasternak

No matter where you are, what you do, if you want to make peace with your soul, your life, your health, you must live your values. You must work your values. They are who you are. Without your values, you are nothing.

If you want people to love, respect, follow you, you must live your values. Don’t say one thing and do another. Don’t celebrate what is hurting you. And don’t rejoice at what brings you pain. Don’t do it. If you do, you will never know your true self. Do you want to be a stranger in your own body?

If You Make A Mistake, Own It, Or It Will Own You

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“Through our failures we learn more about what we don’t know.”

Own your mistakes. They are yours. When you make mistakes, don’t blame others for them. Blame yourself for them. When you blame yourself for your mistakes, you will have no other choice than to face your mistakes, to learn from them, to understand them, to own them, to fix them, and move on.

But if you do the opposite, if you abandon your mistakes and walk away, if you blame others for your own mess, for your own problems, for your ignorance, for your own carelessness, you neglect yourself, your spirit, your happiness, your joy, your health, and your inner life. If you are afraid of making mistakes, you are afraid of growing.

The only way to real growth is through the gate of mistakes. Are you scared of that gate?

When you blame other people for your mess, when you blame your partner, your kids, your government, your boss, your friends, you reduce yourself. You will learn more from your mistakes if you take responsibility for them. Don’t blame anyone but yourself. It is hard to do, but if you can take responsibility for your behavior, you open the door to your personal and professional growth. Mistake is a way forward, not backward. Make it!