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Three Benefits of Living Honest, Open and True

At the beginning of the year I wrote about what it means to Live HOT by being Honest, Open and True. Chances are good you are already living each day by

skeleton key in brass lock of walnut door, Three Benefits of Living Honest, Open and True, Life is HOT blog, Brad W. Smith, photographer,

The key to unlocking better relationships with others is to first create a better relationship with yourself. Then you have the ability to apply those same principles of being Honest, Open and True when you relate to others.

these three elements even if you’ve never thought about it this way. If so, you’re enjoying the rich benefits that come with having a great relationship with yourself and with others, especially with those who are more important to you. I hope you find the Life is HOT blog helpful as you continue your journey, the same way that researching and writing about these topics has helped me.

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Build Self Confidence and Ignite Your Success

A few weeks ago I wrote about putting yourself first and I asked the question, if you don’t put yourself first, who will? It’s the same way with self confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

Heron fishing at edge of muddy lake.

Building your confidence comes from realizing success, and success comes with confidence.

Confidence, believing in yourself, is a way of thinking about yourself and how you interpret what happens to you in life. When you think and act with confidence, you feel powerful and in control of your life. And, you’re more likely to experience success and to be seen as successful.

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Before You Fire Someone, Read This

If you’ve been a manager for long, you’ve probably had to fire someone. Or, perhaps you are considering or preparing to fire someone now.

3 soldiers in front of a German firing squad

Just because you’re not the focus doesn’t mean you don’t feel anxious about the situation. Gain some perspective by looking at the situation from the other person’s point of view and remember to acknowledge and accept your feelings and take care of your needs.

If so, you may well be experiencing some anxiety about it, the way a couple of people I spoke with recently were.

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