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Six Powerful Quotes That Slapped Me Square in the Face

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Six Powerful Quotes That Slapped Me Square in the Face
Seven years ago, my life was in the gutter. But after 15 years of addiction, a near-death experience finally gave me the wakeup call I needed. After several months in detox and treatment, I began…

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Thomas Jefferson

"Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."

Thomas Jefferson

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Randy Pausch

"It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand."

Randy Pausch

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"The words you speak become the house you live in."

Hafiz

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Paulo Coelho

"Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart."

Paulo Coelho

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Bruce Lee

"Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."

Bruce Lee

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"Obstacles do not block the path. They are the path."

Zen Proverb

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Diffusing difficult situations

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  • Avoiding challenging conversations allows room for assumptions and continuing negative behavior.
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Your attitude is crucial

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Choose your words wisely

  • Stay away from starting sentences with “you." 
  • Hear the other person out first. Don’t apologize, but acknowledge that there is a problem. 
  • Ask questions for clarity, and be sure that you understand all the facts before you proceed with a resolution. 
  • If you need to clear the  a false accusation, do so concisely. You can say, “I would like to present information that may clear up this matter.”