Can you do #4 first?

Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive.

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The first three on this list are relatively easy. You can amend your behavior and seek to create these opportunities; it can even become a bit of a game. Oh, but number four, now that is a hard one. You can’t fake it, you can’t pretend, you can’t try and win. If you want to do this well, you have to learn to let go of being hurt, keeping score, and needing to win. I dare say that if you can do #4 well, the others will fall into place automatically…

Self-forgiveness…

“Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.”

Ausonius

Forgiveness is healthy, especially for oneself. But be wise to the difference between forgiveness and making excuses for yourself.

It is a very thin line between accepting and forgiving yourself for something and allowing an excuse mentality to creep in. Once you become accustomed to making excuses you are no longer in control, you are a victim.

Hold yourself accountable to making sure that anytime you are giving yourself grace over some situation or circumstance you are never allowing an excuse for why you didn’t do what you set out to do to override your personal accountability.

Ownership starts with self…

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