All Temptations are not equal.

Sunday Inspiration.   Post By David Joel Miller.

Temptation.

Temptation

Some temptations are worth giving in to.
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Some temptations are worth giving in to.

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Do something you can brag about.

Sunday Inspiration.   Post By David Joel Miller.

Self-Esteem

Building self-esteem

Do something you can brag about.
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For better self-esteem do better things.

Do something you can brag about.

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Building Self-esteem.

Sunday Inspiration.   Post By David Joel Miller.

Building Self-esteem.

Be Yourself.

Just Be You.
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“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” – Kurt Cobain

“Just be yourself, there is no one better.” – Taylor Swift

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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Self-Forgiveness.

Sunday Inspiration.   Post by David Joel Miller.

Self-Forgiveness.

Self-Forgiveness

Self-forgiveness is the best present you can give yourself.
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To be happy you need to forgive yourself. When you hate you keep the pain with you.

Letting go is where the healing happens.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

― Rita Mae Brown

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Experiencing Change.

Sunday Inspiration.   Post By David Joel Miller.

Change.

Change

Experiencing change.
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Change can be scary, frightening, until after you experience the results.https://counselorssoapbox.com/category/self-help/self-help-skills/

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

― Lao Tzu

“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby – awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.”

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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Time for change.

Change

Sunday Inspiration.   Post By David Joel Miller.

Changing your life

Time for a life change?
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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

― Rumi

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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A New Year is Dawning.

Inspiration for a new year     Post By David Joel Miller.

The New Year

New Year Dawning.

Happy New Year
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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Ways you create a miserable life.

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Are you creating a miserable life?
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Are you making yourself miserable?

Life can be hard, things happen that are out of your control. The things you do in response to life’s ups and downs can make things better or they can keep you stuck in a downward spiral.

Bad life habits can create more misery. How many of these misery creating habits have you drifted into?

You believe one thing and do another.

Discrepancies between what you believe in and what you are doing cause a great deal of misery. If you find you are not practicing your religious or ethical values take another look at your life. How much unhappiness are you creating by excusing your failure to do the things you believe you should be doing?

You lie to yourself.

If there is one person on earth you need to be ruthlessly honest with, it is yourself.  Those lies you tell yourself often enough become part of your core schema, the way you look at life. Do not make excuses for your mistakes. Do not blame others for the things that go wrong in your life.

Begin today to recognize the things you have influence over and can change. Work on your part in things and do those things you know you need to take care of.

You avoid feelings.

Feelings have a purpose. They convey valuable information to you. Get in touch with these feelings. Learn what makes you happy. Stop doing the things that make you sad. Recognize that if a thing feels wrong it probably is.

Avoiding feelings and numbing out does not protect you from life’s pain, it can keep you stuck there.

Putting happiness off till someday keeps you miserable.

Someday never comes. It is always today. Everything that happens to you happens in the now. Work on becoming more present in everything you do. Waiting for someday keeps things from happening for you.

Take small steps today and every day and those small steps will mount up. Fail to take action now while waiting for someday and when that anticipated day arrives nothing will have changed. Why live less of a life now while waiting for that someday which may never come?

You tell yourself you can’t.

Do you believe that saying you can’t, protects you from feeling bad when things do not go your way? Not trying guarantees you won’t feel any better. The consistent quality of winners is that they believed they could.

Tell yourself that you can and you will make a lot more progress towards your goal.

You avoid anything new or difficult and stay in misery.

People who avoid the new and different become stagnant. Those who grow embrace challenges. This does not mean you need to chase every momentary fad. Be consistent in your efforts to grow, learn and improve the most valuable resource you have –you.

We all have our comfort zones. Staying in the center of your comfort zone keeps you stuck. Move towards the edge of that place of comfort and see if you can stretch out your places of comfort. Keep expanding that comfort zone to take in new things and new people.

Everyone falls into some of these miseries creating habits occasionally but if you find that you are doing many of these or that you do them often take another look at how you are living your life.

Start today creating the best life possible, the one we might call your “happy life.” Take a few self-change steps and see how much more happiness and how much less misery you can place in your life.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Three David Joel Miller Books are available now!

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Casino Robbery is a novel about a man with PTSD who must cope with his symptoms to solve a mystery and create a new life.

SasquatchWandering through a hole in time, they encounter Sasquatch. Can they survive? The guests had come to Meditation Mountain to find themselves. Trapped in the Menhirs during a sudden desert storm, two guests move through a porthole in time and encounter long extinct monsters. They want to get back to their own time, but the Sasquatch intends to kill them.

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