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3 Pitfalls to Exercising Your Power

We all want to feel powerful – that we are making the best out of what we have been given in this life. But at times, we act as if we are powerless to positively influence our own lives.

We are quick to uplift others and even quicker to talk down to ourselves. As you work on exercising your power, keep these pitfalls away and give yourself the best chance to achieve your potential.

  1. Muddy Values – It is said that if you don’t know what you stand for, your will fall for anything. Know what’s important to you and what you stand for. Who you are must not depend on what people think of you.
  2. Blame – blaming others for your situation or your lack of success is a trap. Change starts with you. Take full responsibility to change your own life.
  3. Lack of Forgiveness – Do you harbor guilt, grudges, or malice? If you do, you are digging a grave for yourself. Forgiveness is a daily practice and it helps you to be free and start life anew.

Happiness Habit 5: Be Merciful

If you want to be happy, be kind to those in need;

it is a sin to despise anyone.

Proverbs 14:21 (TEV)

Do we wanHappiness in a box 1t to be happy?

We often answer this question without thinking about what it truly entails.Happiness is a way of life, it is not something we get out of a box. Therefore, it is a habit we must practice every day.

Practicing mercy provides ample opportunities to cultivate happiness Merciful 2in our lives.

Mercy is defined as the “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”

The world is a broken place; we are all constantly hurting each other. Where we get stuck is when we decide to take revenge into our own hands. We get stuck when we want to hold on to something that we should have let go of in the first place.

The result of that type of mindset is a revolving cycle of bitterness, negativity, and fruitlessness. You hurt me, so I find a way to hurt you even more. Then, you find a way to hurt me even more.

HReady 1ere are a few tips you can start practicing today to awaken the merciful part of you.

  1. Decrease your irritability level – don’t be quick to be impatient with people. Be mindful that there are certain things that may get on your nerves, but maybe a person’s natural tendency.
  2. Be ready to help – don’t turn a blind eye on the needs in your family, schools, churches, and communities.Happiness abounds in your everyday life when you are generous with everything you have.
  3. Give second chances – don’t be quick to cut people off without the effort of having a mutual resolution to problems. Making mistakes are huge components of the human life. So, be willing to forgive and show mercy to those who have wronged you.