The Art of Gratefulness

Written by Michael Angier

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I see it as another form of prayer. When we worry and fret over things, we make them bigger than they really are, as well as attract more ofrepparttar same. Thatís negative prayer--prayer in reverse.

Focusing on what we HAVE and what we WANT "appreciates" these things--they grow.

Just before going to sleep each night, my wife and I share at least three things for which we're thankful. We call it doing our "Gratefuls". It takes only a few moments, but it directs our thoughts onrepparttar 124096 good--onrepparttar 124097 things we wish to increase in our life.

I suggest makingrepparttar 124098 conscious consideration of your blessings a daily rather than yearly occurrence. If you do, youíll find them taking on an even greater presence.

Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Networks International, publishers of SUCCESS STRATEGIES and SUCCESS DIGEST. Success Net is an association committed to helping people to be more knowledgeable, productive and effective. Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best--personally and professionally. Free subscriptions, memberships, books and SuccessMark Cards are available at


Written by Oscar Bruce

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What radical transformation, then, would it take to reshape a shy person into an extroverted, socially adept one? Where can you learn to meet and greet any and all encounters skillfully and with confidence?

First realize that advanced language skills are but subtle elaboration's or enhancement of what we already know and do, yet of a somewhat higher order. Additional examples include listening, picking up on nonverbal cues, and having a sense ofrepparttar other individual's personal space. Finally,repparttar 124095 high- arts - being able to start a conversation with a total stranger, knowing when to wait and when to act.

IT IS OUR NATURE as human beings to seek affiliation, to make friends. But sometimes it can be hard for a person to reach out and create conversation. Most people want to like, want to love, want to connect, but they are afraid. Things get inrepparttar 124096 way of their innate desire; things like FEAR OF REJECTION or uncertainty about WHAT TO SAY FIRST.

The start of a great relationships starts with "a great opening line." It knowing what to say first and how to sustainrepparttar 124097 conversation that gets attention and BUILDS CONFIDENCE.

TRUE AND LASTING PERSONAL CONFIDENCE flows fromrepparttar 124098 knowledge and certainty that you will function skillfully and convincingly while at ease, in all social or business encounters. What helps shapes your fate is your ability to stand your ground in any confrontation,repparttar 124099 knowledge that you will always prevail.

Self-confidence will also grow as you depend less on fortuitous happenstance, on wishing and hoping - and instead as a consequence of clarity of purpose. You will become a stronger person as you see yourself acquiring and applying new language skills.

Oscar Bruce helps people upgrade their conversation skills. His books are considered the filed-manuals for getting through life unscathed and undefeated. He freely shares many useful techniques at Mr. Bruce can be contacted at PO Box 725, Burnet,TX 78611 Telephone 512-715-0157

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