Lady Cee Cee H. Caldwell's Posts (5)

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Creating an authentic life

Here are five ways to get started:

1. Redefine your values. It’s hard to behave in an authentic way if you do not know what you value and desire. Often, we hold tight to the same values we grew up with when we need to reevaluate what feels right to us now and align our actions around those things. Get clear on what you care about and authenticity will take hold.

2. Foster an open mind. Authenticity flourishes when we experience the world wholly, from every perspective. Rigid, good/bad thinking keeps us trapped in judgment and limitation, which causes us to shut down our vulnerable, authentic self. Challenge yourself to look at all sides of the situation. Be open.

3. Fill in the blank: If you really knew me you’d know this: ___________. Not only does it prompt introspection and allow people to reveal essential aspects of themselves, but it also builds trust, credibility, and confidence with the person you are sharing it with. Authenticity does sometimes feel scary and vulnerable, but it also builds intimacy.

4. Notice when you are being inauthentic. Robbins suggests that you pay attention to those times when you are insincere in your speech, or when you are acting in a way that doesn’t align with your core values. Then explore the fears and beliefs that may create those barriers to your authenticity.

5. Trust your intuition. Often, we feel out of sync when we are acting unauthentically. Things just don’t feel right. Pay attention to those hunches, physical sensations, and impressions. They can be your instincts telling you-you are not being genuine. If you are on track and authentic, you’ll feel that too.

That journey is ever-shifting as I learn more about myself.

Who we are evolves and changes,” “This is a dynamic process and one we can keep moving into at deeper levels. Feel that, pay attention to that. This is less about a destination than a journey of going deeper to keep discovering and unfolding new pieces of ourselves as we go.”

 

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What is Authenticity?

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What does it mean to be authentic?

Authenticity,” as defined about 13 years ago by psychologists Brian Goldman and Michael Kernis, is “the unimpeded operation of one's true or core self in one's daily enterprise.”

At its root, authenticity requires self-knowledge and self-awareness. Authentic people accept their strengths and weaknesses. They are accountable. It connects them to their values and desires and acts deliberately in ways consistent with those qualities.

Authenticity is about being genuine and real. It allows us to connect deeply with others because it requires us to be transparent and vulnerable.

It is important because it liberates us from the pressures of always trying to be something else, always trying to be perfect,” You must learn to discover who you are without the roles you play.



Self-awareness is the cornerstone of authenticity

Authenticity starts when you set the intention to be genuine. Then, there must be an awareness of what that looks and feels like, and a willingness to act under in your genuine nature even when you feel vulnerable.

When you live with this kind of self-awareness, decisions are easier because you are free to choose things that move you closer to your values. You are able tostand in the presence of your imperfections because you can accept your humanity. You can also embrace your talents and abilities.

Authenticity may also require you to make unpopular decisions or to acknowledge aspects of yourself that you’d rather hideaway, but it allows you to live a more open, honest and engaged life.

This seemingly intangible quality of authenticity has very tangible outcomes. Authentic people feel better, they are more resilient, less likely to turn to self-destructive habits for solace. They tend to be purposeful in their choices and more likely to follow through on their goals.

If instead, you find yourself feeling fragmented, unhappy, bored, stressed, stuck or uninspired, it could be a sign that you aren’t acting authentically. That’s something you can change right now.

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Be Real -existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.

Be True – loyal, faithful, accurate

Be Authentic -of undisputed origin; genuine.

Be You – the person you were created to be

 

Pray: Psalm 103 (Who are you is a blessing to the Lord)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were

born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

(Jeremiah 1.5)

1 Timothy 4:4 ESV

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

Ephesians 2:10 ESV

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 12:6-7 ESV

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Proverbs 16:3 ESV

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

An authentic person is one who is both privately and publicly putting off his old self and, by God's grace, putting on his renewed self.

This kind of authenticity expresses itself differently in people based on their unique journeys, but it is unmistakably glorifying to God. With that in mind, let's consider a few steps to possessing authenticity, using Jesus' words in Luke 9:23 ('“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me") as a guide.

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It's Change Time!

As the summer has come, I have been thinking about how important it is that we are ready for change. We often hear out with the old and in with the new, but do we really know what that means and are we willing to live up to what we just said? We must allow change to happen in our lives organically to receive the EX-CHANGE we are seeking. What I find is that your average person says they want something different but they are not willing to do what is necessary or permit life to happen in order for the manifestation of their dreams to occur.

There are things that you can do to foster change in your life:

Alter your own regimen. Keep in mind that your own reality is because of the items you need to do every day, from the time you wake until you retire for the evening.  If you will alter your own life's conditions, alter the things you need to do each day.
Producing the tiniest modifications for your everyday regimen will help you really feel much less tired of your mundane existence. For instance, have a various path, consume something brand new regarding breakfast every day, physical exercise prior to going to work instead of after, or even visit a different cafe or restaurant. Little modifications such as these types might seem minor, like they can make your life much more fascinating over time with the addition of simple changes.

Think about your day as you are doing it, is it pushing toward or pulling you away from your destiny? Are you so used to doing the same thing day in and day out that you have not even recognized that you are not going anywhere?

Look at your own life's route. Regardless of whether you are in college, own a business, seeking a job, volunteering, or any other thing you could, check out your life and choose things that are in alignment with your ideals.

What exactly are your authentic interests, pursuits, and objectives? What do you know you were assigned to do? Whom were you created to serve? What is you purpose for living? It is my belief that we are all special and were masterfully designed to serve the greater good for humanity. You must find out why you are here and live out loud every day of your life.

Figure out whether your way of life is actually aimed with your own personal ideas in mind or that of someone else. Odds are that someone else has told you what you should do, whether it is your parents, spouse, teachers, friends or anyone else. Our environment has conditioned us all but; if a change is truly what you seek, you must step up to the plate and shift your mindset. You must take 100% responsibility for your own world and let others do the same.

Enhance your own associations. Regardless of how much cash you make or even exactly how excellent your own achievements are, you will not appreciate your own achievement without having people to connect and share your life with.
Focus on the actual associations you have. Invest high-quality periods with family members, and deal with all of them respectfully and. If you find that you are having problems with your family members, make it your business to address it and move on. Relationships are more important than anything else. We all have issues and must accept people as they are. We must love unconditionally and it may even be necessary that we change ourselves instead of trying to change others.
Make it your business to create new relationships this year whether they be personal or professional. You must surround yourself with people that will stretch you into being your best self and not allow you to settle for less than your best.

Get out of your safe place and take a risk. Do not get stuck living a life of mediocrity. Seek greatness in all that you desire to do.
• Do something that will challenge you in areas that you are not acquainted with. When you do this, you push yourself to higher levels of accomplishment, fulfillment, and success. It will amaze you what you can do if you just believe, have faith and act.
• Find a new hobby and just go for it; You may one day be able to turn this hobby into a business if it becomes your passion.
Remember that the world is forever evolving and so must you LIVE FULL and DIE EMPTY. Put it all on the table of life and you will leave a lasting legacy because you felt the fear and do it.
"If you don't want to CHANGE, then how can you expect an EXCHANGE" - Cee Cee H. Caldwell

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What is Stewardship?


“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”


What is Stewardship? Stewardship is an old English term that came out of the feudal system during the Middle Ages. A steward was a caretaker or manager of a castle. He was not the owner he was owned by the lord of the castle who owned everything. The steward knew all the ins and outs of the castle and managed its day-to-day operations. The lord of the castle would be in contact with his steward to assess the state of his property. The church world has adopted the term "stewardship" to reflect our relationship as a manager of God's property, because He owns everything and we are simply managers of what God has given to us.

Stewardship is defined as taking personal responsibility for the care of another person's property or financial affairs or in religious orders taking care of finances. Let’s take a further look at other meanings of Stewardship:
• The concept of managing the assets of a family business in such a way as to preserve or increase their worth for future generations.
• What is stewardship - simply? It's taking care of (and sharing) the gifts and talents God has given us - not for the sake of an earthly (or heavenly) reward, but out of gratitude for the blessings we have received from a generous and loving God.
• Stewardship is defined as the conducting, supervising or managing of something, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. The responsible use of resources, especially money, time, and talents.
• Stewardship has been defined as responsibility for taking good care of resources entrusted to one. Wikipedia, the web based free encyclopedia further describes stewardship in a Christian context referring “to the responsibility that Christians have in maintaining and using wisely the gifts that God has bestowed.” It’s interesting how often we think solely of money when we consider stewardship. Not surprisingly, God has a much grander idea—and so should we.
• Stewardship is not about your money, it is about your life. It is also about how we manage our time, talents, etc. It is about giving to God the best of who we are and what we have received. According to the scripture, where your heart is there your treasure will be. Stewardship is about whom is in charge of your life and Ex. 20:2 states that “you shall have no other gods before me.” To address the issue of who is in charge, God requires His people to give their tithes. The tithe simply reveals our obedience to God and the paying of tithes is for our benefit not God’s.
We show God that He is first in our lives when we give Him the best of who we are and what we have possessed. God owns everything we have however, we often speak of our possessions, but according to the Bible, God owns it all and we own nothing. We are stewards of everything God entrusts to us, according to Ps. 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” We are stewards and not owners of anything therefore, giving is nothing more than managing His assets and resources.

1. It all belongs to God.
2. God gives His property to us for our enjoyment & investment.
3. To keep perspective, God asks that we give Him the first 10%.
4. Those that live by the ownership principle are blessed by God.
5. Those who steal from God, God disciplines.
6. Stewardship is not so much about obligation as it is about obedience.

Stewardship doesn’t start in your life until it starts in your heart. God has placed great responsibility and trust in the born again believer to value, cherish and care for all things. Stewardship began when God gave Adam and Eve dominion over everything that was ever created. He expected them to love, appreciate and show gratitude for all the things that they were given. As children of God we must do as we were instructed to do by God in all the areas of stewardship.

 

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