2023 Resolutions, Our Strengths, And Weaknesses

Having a sense of gratitude every day is a form of personal development.  It’s a mindset!

We immediately think of companies when the subject is strengths and weaknesses.  Then, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is brought into the discussion.  Maybe later in 2023, we’ll talk about that subject and how mental health is a variable.

However, this post talks about why all of us should identify our strengths and weaknesses to increase the former, and decrease the latter.

The Tough Love Post, Self-Improvement

Those who cannot accept they have strengths are either modest or have damaged self-esteem.  Those who cannot accept they have weaknesses have unhealthy self-esteem because they possess inflated ideas about themselves.

Life is about constant participation in self-development!

The person who harbors resentment and engages in minimizing others (especially unprovoked), is an individual wasting their life on these behaviors, instead of performing necessary tasks to lift their station in life.  While life is eroding, the people they resent are passing them by and onto their next endeavors.

Life is about self-improvement, and some people engage in these activities every six months, while others every day.

For instance:

  1. Do you even know who you are and what you believe?  Becoming aware of the self;
  2. Be the kind of person you would want to have around because of personality, attitude, the ability to not only laugh but laugh at oneself; resiliency; 
  3. Cheering for others when they are striving to succeed, instead of making attempts to minimize them, and their efforts;
  4. How about complimenting someone once in a while who has participated in endless, tireless efforts to succeed in their endeavors, instead of tearing them down? and
  5. Use someone as a mentor/role model who engages in constant self-development, instead of having resentment towards them and others like them.

Returning to how it began:  People with a sense of gratitude have a purpose in life.  They create to bring positivity into the universe.  A grateful heart is blessed merely to have woken up this morning to begin again.  They are constantly trying to better themselves, understanding all the while they are imperfect beings. 

Healthy self-esteem!

May we increase our strengths and reduce those weaknesses as we move forward into the brand New Year!


Globalization Requires A Balance Of Reduced Stratification While Maintaining Country Uniqueness

If we were to travel to different parts of America, it would feel as though we had entered another country because of different accents, cultures, and traditions.

In a similar vein, different countries have unique appealing qualities which can distinguish them from others.

Thus, it is imperative that these countries not become a mini-me America, but embrace the best that America has to offer when Fortune 500 companies establish a presence. The presence can allow opportunities with employment, higher wages, and more services and goods which were previously unavailable, or limited. There is an increase in citizen morale, healthier self-esteem, and a positive future to look forward to, all the while selecting the best from these companies which appeal to a country’s sensibilities.


Defeating Earlier Life Challenges, Self-Efficacy, Resilience

The following research talks about why subscribing to self-efficacy is critical before negative events come our way:  “Reflecting On Your Own Capabilities Boosts Resilience.”




University of Zurich. (2021, March 10). Reflecting On Your Own Capabilities Boosts Resilience. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 14, 2021 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310122450.htm

The Anxiety Series, Part II, Toxic Relationships

“A toxic relationship contaminates your self-esteem, your happiness and the way you see yourself and the world” (Young, 2019).


The toxicity could be with:

– Spouse;

– Partner;

– Relative;

– Co-worker, or

– Neighbor.


Also, the issue could be the corporate culture at work.  It was appealing initially, and then became miserable because of nonsensical policies instituted over the years.  Employees no longer believe hard, smart work is appreciated.  Thus, smart and talented workers are no longer appreciated.

Returning to when another person is creating a toxic relationship:  The person suffering needs to determine if a pattern of behavior exists to remove any doubts about what is actually occurring.

The toxicity goes well beyond having a personality clash with someone.  The person with the toxic personality can be hypercritical, argumentative unprovoked, and has a disturbed belief they should have authority over the target.

If allowed, the individual with a toxic personality will stifle one’s creativity, and suffocate a person’s emotional and mental good health.  Also, the target will no longer believe in their capabilities because the toxic individual took self-efficacy away from the target.

There are individuals who argue everyday with family members, spouses, partners, etc.  These individuals will say that is how all of them get along.  Be that as it may, what they fail to realize is arguing that often is damaging their health.  Also, each instance they speak to others outside of those relationships there is an argument-at-the-ready tone in their voice which can be an unpleasant experience, in particular for those with an easy-going personality.

Cory (n.d.) talks about how a toxic relationship can be a dangerous relationship in, Toxic Relationships:  What They Are And 8 Types Of Toxic Individuals.



Toxic Relationships


Finally, everyone has a right to view themselves in a positive light with healthy self-confidence.  Therefore, when an entity comes along with questionable intentions with the motive to damage someone in any form, that is an entity best left alone.

Listen to your intuition.  Observe patterns of behavior.  That vibe.  Don’t allow yourself in becoming victimized.

Stay safe!





Cory, T. L., Ph.D. (n.d.).  Toxic Relationships:  What They Are And 8 Types Of Toxic Individuals.  Retrieved From https://www.healthscopemag.com/health-scope/toxic-relationships/


Young, K., Ph.D. (2019).  15 Signs Of A Toxic Relationship. Retrieved From https://www.heysigmund.com/toxic-relationship-15-signs/