Fake It or Get Real

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”-Tao Te Ching

To succeed, one must have a good grasp of his strengths and weaknesses. Without being aware of both, he may not achieve his full potential because of the unconscious things he does causing repeated failures.

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People go to great lengths just to be accepted and loved. Some people lie and make up stories of who they are not. They do things they don’t normally do just to belong to a certain clique, or be appreciated by someone.

You cannot fake what you are not. You may successfully pretend to be a mature, wise, or loving person for a while, but time and situations will reveal the real you eventually.

Integrity matters big time. Facing your weaknesses, working on them now or taking them to God will also benefit those whose lives you affect.

Ignoring your areas for improvement can be as simple as a leaking faucet. You can ignore it all you want but it consumes your money with each wasted drop. Or it can be as complicated as an irresponsible mother or an unfaithful father damaging families while character flaws are uncorrected.

Personal growth and change do not happen overnight. Both are crucial but not impossible to attain. Both are a process that can be taken one step at a time…daily.

Everybody has issues. Know yours and take these steps:

1.)   Open up to people or professionals who can help.

2.)   Accept correction and criticism constructively.

3.)   Submit to God’s refining process, painful as it is, and be changed by His grace.

 “Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding…Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”-Proverbs 15:32; 18:12