Consider the source less important than the truth, importance, and/or relevance of what is shared. Far too often people pay more attention to the messenger than the message or how something is said rather than what is (or is not) said – with social “status” and style seeming to matter more than substance.
Credibility and trust are often extended or withheld upon irrelevant criteria.
Resist the temptation to prejudge, accept, or reject – especially anything you do not know (having tested over time and personally proven) for sure. Attempt to evaluate as much as possible on its own individual merit. The results – and benefits – may surprise you.
Give everyone and everything (including yourself) the benefit of the doubt. Keep an open mind – just not so open that your brains fall out.
It has been said that the most powerful force in the universe is what you say to yourself and believe. I encourage you to not only increase your positive self-talk but also to separate your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs about what you “know” from what is (or may be).
Don’t shoot the messenger – especially if it is you.
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