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12 Rules for Life Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC AllCEUs.com Continuing Education Rule 1: PAVE PAVE the way to healthy relationships by being assertive in your verbal and nonverbal communication Present yourself confidently Aware of your feelings and ideas Validate the other person’s feelings and thoughts as valid Explore ways to cooperate, compromise or synergize Rule 2: VISCERAL Develop a healthy relationship with yourself by meeting your VISCERAL needs. Validating Intimate / connected / aware Safe Consistent / predictable Encouraging / nurturing Responsive to needs Accountable / trustworthy Love (unconditional) Rule 3: CHAKRA Develop your friendship CHAKRA with people who want the best for you Communication Honesty Awareness Kindness Respect Attitude of Gratitude Rule 4: GOALS Be better today than you were yesterday with GOALS Goals Own your successes Appreciate your uniqueness Your journey is different that everyone else’s Learn from others Instead of asking why am I not as successful as X, ask what steps can I take to achieve success (learn from others without comparing yourself to them) Seek support in implementation Rule 5: FACTS Use factual, not emotion focused reasoning Facts (Identify them) Accuracy (Assess for) Context (Consider it) Triggering (Past events) Solutions (Brainstorm) Rule 6: FATE Focus on the things you can change, starting from within instead of leaving it up to random FATE Feelings Actions Thoughts Expectations Rule 7: ACT Always ACT purposefully (long term vs. short term rewards) Assess the facts Consider the short- and long-term consequences of your options (play the tape through) Is what I am getting ready to do or doing using my energy to help me move toward the things that are important? Is what I am getting ready to do or doing stealing energy from those things that are important? Take action Rule 8: THINK THINK before you speak Truthful Honest Inspirational Necessary Kind Rule 9: FINE You will be FINE if you learn from everyone and every experience Flexible / willing to alter your perceptions Inquisitive / curious / expect they know things you don’t Nonjudgmental / openminded Empathetic / recognizing their experience is different than yours Rule 10: CARDS Create abundance by playing your CARDS right. Cooperation Awareness of strengths and cost-benefit Respect Diligence Synergize Rule 11:SHINE SHINE to Keep a sound body to support a sound mind Sleep Healthcare Immunity Nutrition Exercise Rule 12: SHEEP Practice random acts of kindness. Be gentle like SHEEP Share with those less fortunate Help someone do something Encourage one another Expressions of love for all living creatures (Feed the birds, pet a cat, hug a friend, leave a nice note) Pick up Summary While these 12 rules do not address everything they can certainly get you well on the way to a happier, healthier life. End Credits This show was presented by Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes and produced by Mr Charles Snipes They can be reached at 1633 W. Main St. #902 Lebanon, TN 37087