Following my “make it count” philosophy for 2014, I developed a strategy to be selfish (in a positive way) and happy. I am one of those people who tend to be overwhelmingly generous with everyone I interact with and everything I do with out expecting a reward. Even though I figured this genuine caring sentiment would be reciprocated, I realized that I was jeopardizing my own happiness. If you pause and discover that no one around you is putting in effort that is equal to or beyond what you do, it is time to re-evaluate your priorities. This does not mean you allow your experiences to jade your view on life, but instead find strength in putting ‘you’ first. Accept the fact that not everyone around you deserves your time or skills and do not feel guilty about saying “no.” Wisely choosing when to be accessible, why you want to help someone, and who you interact with can do wonders in removing negativity from your mind. You can then clearly focus on the people who benefit from your shining qualities and appreciate your existence. In return, others who share your values and can help you will be drawn to you by your positive vibes.
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