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It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
-- Aeschylus


Monday, August 30, 2021

Advising yourself

If you were someone else, what would you advise yourself to do? Consider that advice and follow it.

Imagine you’re an objective observer, genuinely looking out for the best interests of someone who happens to be you. What suggestions would you make to yourself?

How would you advise yourself to deal with your own unique challenges? How would you encourage yourself to work toward the fulfillment of your best possibilities?

Step back, visualize those things, then step forward and take decisive action. With kindness, with firmness, give yourself a reality check, some gentle nudging, a bit of tough love, a lot of enthusiastic support.

Respect yourself, challenge yourself, be honest and persistent with yourself as if you were someone determined to make you the best you can be. Realize, in fact, that’s exactly what you are, exactly what you can do, exactly how you can be.

Get outside the confines of your emotional attachment to your own experience. Tell yourself soberly and even-handedly what you must do, then implement that good advice.

— Ralph Marston

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