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Jim Gem’s: Maintain focus on your goal

By Jim L. Smith
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When we’ve reached the goal that we have set for ourselves we need to refocus and set another. We must keep focusing on continual improvement and the actions to reach the peak.
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Jim’s Gems: The Power of Patience

By Jim L. Smith
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Do you ever wish you were born with more patience? Are you embroiled in the daily pressure cooker of life made worse from the feeling being impatient? Impatience exacerbates work-life stress. It helps destroy our inner peace and calm with anger and frustration.
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Trust: Slow to Gain, Fast to Loose

Jim Gem’s: Trust

By Jim L. Smith
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As children core values are instilled in us either by direct communication or observation. Included in, but not limited to, core values are things like respectfulness, honesty, and trustfulness.
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Jim's Gems: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By Jim L. Smith
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What we get in life is pretty much how we behave, coming back at us.


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Jim's Gems: Self-Esteem and Humility

By Jim L. Smith
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There are scores of books and numerous articles written on this subject by people with far more credentials than I possess; however, maybe we shouldn’t over think this conundrum which might allow us to come up with a fairly simple answer.


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Jim's Gems: The Power of Self-Esteem

By Jim L. Smith
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Some people have the mistaken idea that people with high self-esteem think that they are perfect. But the truth is that people with high self-esteem are always looking for ways they can improve.


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Jim's Gems: Take Responsibility

By Jim L. Smith
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If we take responsibility for our lives--our reality--then, as Tony Robbins said, we are in power. If we avoid it, then we have lost that power.


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Jim’s Gems: Motivating Others

By Jim L. Smith
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The secret to motivating others is to find out what matters to them and build it into your idea.  


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Jim's Gems: Expectations

Our expectations are so powerful they can actually make things come true, or our perception of what is true.
By Jim L. Smith
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Expectations don't magically change reality. Expectations, however, do something even more powerful--they change the way we deal with reality.


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Jim's Gems: Self-Talk Influences Outcomes

By Jim L. Smith
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Self-talk has the power to build up or erode your self-image and determine what kind of relationships you have with other people.


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