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How to Stop Being Lazy (and start getting things done)

Being lazy doesn’t just happen. It’s usually cultivated and nursed over time. It’s something that has to do with the psychology of your mind.

What is laziness?
Laziness is being lazy!! Of course it’s funny. But it is…like we read above, laziness is an art. Laziness is characterized by idleness.
Lazy, is the unwillingness to do work or make an effort to do the work.
It is usually characterized by sluggishness or being over relaxed or work-shy. Being lazy is quite different from procrastinating.
A hardworking person can procrastinate.
Procrastination in a lay man’s language is to delay or put off a job you could do at this moment for another time.
To procrastinate means to delay in taking an action, to wait until later or another time. It is a bad habit. At the end of the day that work might not be done till further notice.

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10 SIMPLE WAYS TO STOP BEING LAZY

Laziness can be defined as taking an excessive rest over a regular activity. It is also over pampering yourself to a fault.
Laziness becomes a disease if it’s not properly handled because it can become a lifestyle and it could affect every ramification of your life.
An African adage says “no food for a lazy man”
In this article, I’ll be exploring the different ways to stop being lazy and start getting things done.

1. Find Out the Root Cause:
This is the first step you need to ask yourself a question that needs self-answer. You need to find out if it’s a particular distraction that’s making you lazy or something else.
because If the root of a problem is not discovered, no matter how you solve the problem, It would never give you a perfect solution. Once you find out the original root of laziness in your life, then you’d have a 50% chance of solving the problem.

2. Start With a Step:
A step forward always results in something positive. After you have known the root cause, the next step is to tackle that problem (laziness) and this is only done by taking a step forward. This might be really hard to do.
a. You can start by jogging every morning. Several years ago when I graduated from university, I stayed home almost a year doing nothing.
My regular routine was to eat, clean the house, and sleep. After some months I became so lazy to work, even to clean the house.
So what I did was that I started doing exercises every morning and this really helped me and gave me the drive to get things done. Laziness is worse than procrastinating, being lazy is the refusal to do mandatory things at the right time.

when taking a step forward always use words like

I want to do this now!!

i will do it

b. Create a to-do list with notes: this would help also. always write what you want tp achieve daily. If you were doing 1 out of 6 of your daily routine. Take a step forward by increasing it to 3 before you know it, you will get there.

3. Avoid being sluggish:
If you must stop being lazy you need to get things done as fast as possible. If you used to do the dishes or wash the clothes for one hour you can start by increasing your speed when doing such activity. Because, when you are too slow in your actions you might end up not completing the task at hand, you might end up being unnecessarily tired.
Whatever you are doing, do it with a focused mindset and do it effectively.

4. Do a small part of what matters most first thing daily:
If you feel you want to enjoy your free period without thinking of getting anything done.
All you need to do is get the things that are more important to you do, rather than starting your day with sending out emails or chatting on social media.

5. Avoid Distraction:
Distractions can come in many forms such as chatting, phone calls, children, etc. One popular distraction that makes so many persons become too lazy is social media.
There are persons who are so addicted to social media and can stay online for more than two hours before getting things done.
When you notice any form of distraction, GET RID OF IT.
If it’s social media all you need to do is to switch off your data or put your phone on airplane mood and start doing the needful.

6. Find your passion for the WORK:
Without passion, there won’t be drive!!
When you possess a negative mindset towards the work you are doing it would eventually give birth to a lazy attitude.
Passion gives you every reason to do something, passion doesn’t give you room for a lazy attitude.

7. Look for Easy ways to get things done:
One special thing about lazy people is that when you give them a huge and difficult task, they always find a way to get the task done more quickly and ‘stress-freely.’
Always think of a creative, best, and efficient way you can get things done.

8. Ask for help or Support:
It’s not a bad idea to ask for help or support, but if you must do, it must be from a more experienced and motivated person, it could be your co-worker, friends, or family.
It’s very bad to always ask for help!! The only best time to ask for help is when the situation is so complex and cumbersome for you, and when he/she is helping you out, WATCH!!! So that you avoid asking for another help.

9. Think about the Positive outcome when you get the Job Done:
There are works that you will do that may look so boring or stressful for you, but when you look at the positive aspect of it you’ll be motivated to do it.
For example; Think about how you will be free from germs and diseases when you clean your house properly.

10. Force yourself through self-motivation:
Just the way you’d force a child to do something for you. Try it on yourself.
There are some things you will never achieve in life if you don’t force yourself to do it. One special story about ants is that they are self-motivated.
The ants gather their food during the dry seasons and save for the rainy seasons. We are living in a world where people don’t care about you, all they care about is themselves, and you are left with only you…If you don’t have anybody to motivate you then you need to be self-motivated.
Always tell your self. I can do it. And it will work out for you.

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FOREGO FACEBOOK AND FACE YOUR BOOKS! (For TEENS)

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FOREGO FACEBOOK AND FACE YOUR BOOKS ( ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW)

Introduction

There was a time when people used to say that their basic needs were food, shelter, and clothing along with health and education.

But nowadays, my answer will be different and I hope it will not be a shocking reply to this question. I have little pride to say that my basic needs are food, clothes, shelter, and Facebook.

Ask twenty persons the definition of Facebook and I can bet you with my last kobo that you are sure to get twenty different answers. And just as the answers are different, so also, are the impression of people about it.

For some, Facebook is the best thing that has happened to them since their birth, while for others, Facebook is the worst thing that has happened to the youths of our generation. No matter my definition and impression of Facebook, the reality on the ground, is that it has come to stay.

And from the look of things, there is no assurance that it is in a haste to pack-and-go! In fact, day in day out more applications are added to it making it more enticing and almost irresistible for many.

Our boys and girls have developed almost an unbelievable addiction to Facebook to the extent that some can forego their three square meals just chatting with friends on Facebook.

Some get so glued to it that if you want them to carry out an important task at home, you may even need a bulldozer to uproot them from their super glued seats.

For people in this category, they only remember that they have not taken their breakfast around 2:00 pm, others are compelled by the revolution in their stomach to go for dinner around 11:00 am courtesy of Facebook.

But if we may ask, what is Facebook? What can we gain from ‘face-booking?’ or how can we utilize the opportunities offered by Facebook while minimizing, if not entirely avoiding its side effects?

 

MEANING OF FACEBOOK AND

FACING YOUR BOOK:

Facebook is generally referred to as a social utility or a social network service that connects people with their friends, their loved ones, relatives, school mates, business associates, and others who work or live around them.

We can then say that facing your book is a process whereby students sit down to read their books, taking away all distractions in order to pass their examinations, and become useful to their family, town, state, country, and the world as a whole.

 

 

BENEFITS OF FACEBOOK AND FACING YOUR BOOK

Facebook:

Facebook is very much social. Though it takes continuous sitting to scroll through, to become familiar with Facebook.

Somehow Facebook is like traveling around the world by just sitting in front of your computer. It is so much fun to make friends, especially online. It is a perfect way to be in touch with old friends and relatives no matter where they are.

Facebook is a perfect place to express our views in front of a wide audience from all over the world. Games and applications are so much interactive and they are fun to play. But then, this Facebook is also creating problems with (reading) facing the books!

 

Hence, with Facebook today many long time friends who have lost contacts are once again reunited. With Facebook, it is now possible to engage in long conversations and see even the pictures and videos of loved ones.

With Facebook, many relationships are established and some have metamorphosed into life long commitment of marriage. With Facebook, students can share ideas on particular areas of interest and are able to tackle some challenges.

Facebook is no longer a monopoly of the young alone. Politicians have seen it as a very powerful tool for campaigns, knowing that through it, the younger generation can be reached.

Business-oriented individuals and establishments have also cashed in on the inherent advertising power of Facebook to market their products.

 

For those who are religiously inclined, Facebook could also be a medium for reaching out to fellow believers who also patronize it. Inspirational biblical quotations can be posted. You can never tell who can get inspired by that simple message you decided to post on your wall.

Facebook can indeed be a way to promote good news and share the word of God. You may be surprised to get a bazaar of thunderous “Amen” from people you do not know from Adam just by posting a prayerful wish or a biblical quotation on your wall.

Facebook can also be a powerful avenue for counseling, especially the young people, from the comments they post, one can predict their confused state of mind and helplessness in the face of certain challenges.

We can go on and on listing the merits of Facebook and why the young and old are almost held spellbound by it. But the pertinent question is, apart from the above advantages, are there some areas of concern we may need to pay attention to as Facebook users and potential users?

 

Facebook is used for the promotion of group study and collaboration, along with the further possibilities of educators and teachers having a “watchful eye” and a “helping hand,” in group discussions which can be taken away from the classroom.

Students have the ability to share ideas and their feelings towards a certain subject and help one another in problem-solving and understanding particular concepts. Furthermore, students can share useful information that they have come across in further research they have carried out, even from a topic the teacher has posted.

For example,  particularly a  useful article or an educational video – all of which can be brought “back” into the classroom for discussion and reflect positively in a student’s work.

From Facebook, you are able to organize private groups in which students are able to carry out essential large revision sessions in which everyone can benefit from.

With one person sharing a particular helpful point or comment or when a particular student is struggling with a certain concept and explains what it is they are struggling with on the Facebook group.

Groups where other students can come in and help with that aspect – which may help additional students too.

 

  Books:

Gives satisfaction. Reading gives a great satisfaction to the readers. A famous phrase, “curling up with books” creates an image of a warm and close relationship with the books. Even parents feel satisfied when they see their children reading their books.

Children who read achieve better in school. Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

 

REASONS WHY QUITTING FACEBOOK NOW IS GOOD FOR YOUR FUTURE

  1. Facebook is a time-waster.
  2. It can demotivate you.
  3. It makes you deal with useless people.
  4. It makes you deal with useless information.
  5. It damages your communication skills.
  6. It manipulates you to work on your post.
  7. It becomes your life.

 BAD SIDE OF FACEBOOK TO STUDENTS:

You cannot eat your cake and have it. You cannot chase two rabbits at the same time. You either concentrate on one or you lose both.

Jesus put it succinctly when he said, you cannot be the slave of two masters. You cannot be a facebooker and a book-facer at the same time, with the same strength and level of commitment. It is either your love for Facebook reduces the love for your books or your love for your books will drastically decrease your commitment to Facebook.

Facebook as it is now, I can say with all boldness, does not make a student face their books. In-fact for some students, the last time they opened their notebook to read was the first day they got registered on Facebook.

Since then, their books which used to be their closest companions have been given untimely no notice. Sometimes I wonder how the name Facebook came about.

How did the inventors come up with this particular name? What was on their minds when they decided that this particular social network should be called Facebook? Were they expecting that through it, students would be better encouraged to face their books? Well, if that was their intention, I can category state that to a very large extent that it is failing.

With Facebook, some students are now backing off their books. And research has shown that the more time and attention you give to Facebook, the less time and attention you give to your studies and even your house chores and the result, of course, is obvious.

If only some youngsters can dedicate half of the time they spend on Facebook to their studies, our society will be overpopulated with geniuses in various fields.

Apart from the addictive nature of Facebook, some youngsters have found it as an effective tool for promoting immorality. Facebook for some has become a home of immorality. Vulgar languages, immoral pictures, shameful videos and posting of mendacious information, and so on have all reared their ugly heads into the Facebook market and are moving from computers to phones.

It is as though the devil has been waiting for this opportunity to get hold of some of his agents and customers. The kind of pictures some ladies post on this public site baffles me. Some even dare to post their nude pictures to this site which is accessible to the public.

To worsen the situation, a perusal of the comments made by so-called friends clearly shows that without divine intervention the whole world may soon become a global Sodom and Gomorrah. Pictures that people should be ashamed of and friends should shun their so-called friend for displaying, are welcomed with loud acclamations of praise and encouragement.

Even the very innocent ones are not left out. People who ordinarily, given their family background, cannot contemplate certain behavioral orientations are introduced into this free-for-all social network.

Facebook is time-consuming, and it is the main reason for getting fewer marks in exams day by day and it destroys written rules of any language. I formed a habit of using the short form in my writing and verbal communication because of “Facebook chat.”

Many new words like lol, ROFL, imao, etc got added into my dictionary. You have become “U,” Life has become “lyf,” expressions turned into smilies and even Facebook decoded into “fb!” I still remembered the moment when I got scolded by one of my teachers for writing such short forms in my final exams, during the exam period.

It has become an uncomfortable situation for all Facebook folks’ to make a balance between online time and study time. I have lots of friends who have quitted Facebook due to a lack of attention to study.

Smiles from their faces can be matched with those innocent lives that just got discharged from “Rehab.” It really needs guts to come out of this addiction by deactivating our Facebook account and I am so happy to say I don’t have such guts!

We must learn to be prudent in whatever we do. Courtesy demands that we do not display all our pictures and videos for the public.

You can never tell where you will be tomorrow. The very picture you post today on your wall may be your undoing tomorrow.

That immodest picture you decided to post on Facebook today can be used by your (political) opponent or your rival tomorrow to tarnish your image and destroy whatever ambition or vocation you may have.

Before you put any of your pictures on Facebook, ask yourself whether you will be proud of such a picture in about thirty years’ time. Again, common sense which as we do know is becoming increasingly uncommon among our youths, demands that it is not all that our friends suggests that we must carry out.

We must consult with our brain and consciences. We should be able to judge things critically. Our senses must be subjected to the dictates of pure reason. Once a picture is sent out there for the public, you can never retrieve it. Even if it is few seconds, you can never imagine whose hands It will be in the next minute.

_Do not make a stupid mistake that will affect your integrity tomorrow. Be wise!

More so, I think we do not need a professor to educate us that our privacy ought to be cherished and preserved. But, even if we do not value our privacy, at least we should respect and preserve the privacy of our parents, of our family.

The idea of posting pictures of even our parent’s bedroom for public assessment is, to say the least, unfair to them. There are some ‘face-bookers’ that the only part of their homes which the public does not know about is their toilet.

They have virtually snapped photos in every part of their homes and have posted all on Facebook. This is a gross display of imprudence and unwitting advertisement of stupidity or just to be a bit fairer, an exhibition of teenage naivety.

Be reminded that Facebook is not a hundred percent secure, at least for now. For some of the users of Facebook especially the silly type, there is nothing called secret again for them. Visit their profile and you will be shocked for life.

Some use Facebook as their diary to keep a record of anything that happens to them in life, ranging from the first day they hugged the opposite sex, the first day they were flogged by their parents, the first day they were kissed by the opposite sex, when they fall in and out of love, the first day their parents exchanged Mike Tyson- like blows at home and all.

Disgusting pieces of information that are not meant for the public are posted without any qualms.

I am sure that gradually a virus called ‘Facebookiosis,’ will soon begin to attack Facebook users. This virus will be responsible for the mass failure of students in exams, marriages, and of course fraud.

The virus is slowly and steadily changing the language of some users at an alarming rate. Very soon, many Facebook users, especially secondary school students, will be unable to spell simple English words.

Some students during examinations have had to cancel their papers so many times because of the use of slang and short forms of words. Some found themselves unconsciously writing ‘thot’ in place of ‘thought,’ ‘gud’ in place of ‘good,’ ‘bt’ in place of ‘but,’ ‘U’ in place of ‘you.’

You know the rest! I am afraid to say that soon Facebook will invent it’s own English language. While I may not have a problem with Facebook inventing its own English language, I am afraid that soon there will be a galaxy of West African Examination  Council  (WAEC) casualties. A friend of mine disclosed to me that soon, ‘WACO specialist hospital’ will be launched for WAEC and NECO victims.

One of the earliest symptoms found in those who may eventually be admitted into this hospital is a chronic obsession for Facebook which is visibly manifested in the victims’ phobia or utter hatred for her books, unwillingness to go on errands when online and suicidal intent when denied access to the Internet.

I think some of our youths are gradually becoming worthy candidates for a psychiatrist or spiritual home as the case may be. More so, some users of Facebook especially teenagers see nothing wrong in giving their phone numbers to people they have never met except on Facebook.

This is really injudicious! Some others even permanently make available their home numbers with a vivid description of their houses on Facebook. This is risky as you can never tell who may be interested in paying a special visit to your home in the middle of the night, uninvited! Let us use our common sense.

A young girl who has an exam to write but prefers to use her time for Facebook may only be digging her academic grave and that maybe ‘the beginning of her end.’ There is time for everything under the sun.

A time to be online and a time to be offline, a time to read, and a time to browse, a time to face your Facebook, and a time to back off your Facebook. I wish you all the best as you face your books and use your time wisely!

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How to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Action

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NEGATIVE ACTION INTO POSITIVE

 

Before we look at how to turn negative thoughts into positive action, we’ll need to know what negative thoughts are.

What are Negative Thoughts?

Negative thoughts are classified as unpleasant emotions that are characterized by negative perceptions. They may be caused by health outcomes, unpleasant situations or otherwise.

Negative thinking is a world of impossibilities and nobody wants to live there; it has never been Said that negative thoughts result to positive outcomes.. Negative thoughts are killers of creativity and can hinder us from making good decisions in Life.

Your inner thought is a revelation of what you’d become in future. Negative thoughts often evolve from FEAR. And when you become afraid you tend to use words such as.

  • What If I fail?
  • What if things go wrong?
  • I can’t
  • Its impossible
  • What if I try and it doesn’t work?
  • What if I’m rejected?

Here, I’ll give you the steps and how to overcome negative thought patterns.

  1. Write down your negative thoughts

WRITING DOWN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

The first way out is to pen them down in your diary. What are your negative thoughts? If you are confused about it, just wait till you have one. And when you do, don’t hesitate to write them down. When you continue to write them for weeks you might be overwhelmed with the numbers of negative thoughts you have.

Writing them down is one of the successes of eradicating negative thoughts permanently.

  1. Concentrate on what’s triggering those negative thoughts

After writing them down, the next step to follow is to carefully meditate,and investigate where the thoughts are coming from. You can ask yourself “what’s making me to feel this way?”When you do, you’d know how to handle those thoughts and prevent it from happening.

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  1. Reframe your negative thoughts

It is very clear that whatever you input into your brain is what it would give to you. If you’re a person who procrastinates a lot, the more you tell your brain that you can’t do it the more you’ll procrastinate. Whenever that negative thought comes, always have the mindset of a winner. One mindset I developed is that of positivity; I’m always positive in whatever I do, even if I tend not to know, I still never give up on my positive thoughts.

Be positive” that’s the only escape route from negative thoughts. The opposite of negative is positive. Therefore, for the desired change to take place in your life, you have to move to another zone.

 

Whenever the thought arises, don’t accommodate it; snap out of it and don’t give room for it to accumulate. You are in 100% control of your mind, you are not a robot, just know that you can do it.

  1. Take action based on reframing your mind

Have you ever had any great idea before and used negative thoughts to sweep it off? This often happens when we relax about it, the longer you keep calm the longer  it will take for you to take positive actions.  The medicine for change here should be action, actions is imperative and mandatory. Take a step forward to do that thing you have always had negative thoughts on, it could be relationship, business, career, or anything in life.

If you never try, you will never know..

 ALSO, READ HOW TO CULTIVATE A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

 

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HOW TO CULTIVATE A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

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POSITIVE MENTAL ATITUDE

“You are the only one who can control the way you think. Make sure you nourish the positive thoughts and weed out the negative ones.” Catherine Pulfiser

Our mentality is our ability to think and learn. It is also our idea of life issues and how they should be carried out. Our mentality controls our approach to our everyday activities and determines how well we execute them. It is like a guide to how we live our life. Mentality differs in people and can be changed. The mentality of a person could be affected by friends, family, society, and personal experiences.

Like physicality, our mentality could also suffer deformity or setbacks, and the level at which these setbacks affect our mentality is referred to as our mental health. Mental health simply according to the World Health Organization (W.H.O) is a “state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Our mental health could be affected by factors like stress, unhealthy lifestyle, human rights violation, or sickness. A positive mental attitude is important because it helps our self-image and our social outlook. In other words, a good mental attitude helps us carry out our activities with a smile which improves output and efficiency.

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Here are 13 steps to cultivate a positive mental attitude:

1.SELF LOVE:

To have a positive mental attitude, the first step is seeing your own self in a positive light, showing your own self the kind of love you can’t get from any other person. Take good care of yourself, avoid danger, look good, smell good, and be good. Ensure you’re in the best physical and emotional health no matter what life throws at you.

2.ALWAYS SEE THE GOOD IN EVERYTHING:

It is important to always filter out the best in every situation even if there seems to be none. Research says that the majority of human thoughts are negative thoughts but the ability to lay emphasis on the minority positive thoughts is very crucial especially in trying times. If possible, find humor even in the worst situations, create happiness out of sadness, joy out of sorrow, laughter out of tears. If life throws you lemons, make lemonade right?

3.BE GRATEFUL:

Being thankful even for the smallest of things is important if you want to cultivate a positive mental attitude. Learning to say the magic words ‘Thank You’ to every good thing done to you by others goes a long way in keeping you happy. Not just saying you’re grateful but being grateful keeps your happiness level high, even if it’s a little child offering you candy.

4.FORGET THE PAST, FOCUS ON THE PRESENT:

Emphasis on the past does more harm than the effects of past events. The past does nothing but weigh you down limit progress. It is therefore important to let go of the past and pay attention to the present, taking everything one step at a time.

5.DON’T BE LET DOWN BY PEOPLE’S OPINIONS:

It is important that the only opinion that matters is your own. Other people will try to discourage you by changing your opinion on a lot of matters, but it shouldn’t matter to you if your happiness and mental attitude are of high importance to you. If someone is rude or seems to hate you with their speech, physically and mentally read no meaning to it. It is also important to walk away from discouraging talks to avoid making matters worse.

6.NEVER GIVE UP:

The failure of a man is not in falling down but not standing back up after the fall. It is important that you grow a mentality of not giving up no matter the discouragements, failures, and wrong moves. You also have to take note that you were desperate to get to wherever you got to and giving up would just render your efforts a waste of time.

7.SET REACHABLE GOALS:

To cultivate a positive mental attitude, it is important to set reasonable goals and achieve them one at a time. When these goals are achieved, your positivity increases. Nothing gives more joy than achieving set down goals.

8.MEDITATE:

It is important to set apart a quiet time for yourself, reflect on things, and remove every trace of negativity from your life. This helps to calm your mind and release unwanted ‘energy’ and ‘vibes’.

9.SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE THINKERS:

A positive mental attitude can only be maintained if you surround yourself with people who complement your mindset. It is important that you keep company with people who improve your thinking. People who improve you in various aspects of your life are very important and need to be kept close.

10.SHOW KINDNESS TO OTHERS:

Studies show that people who help others live happier life than those who don’t. The joy of helping other people in any kind of way gives a sense of fulfillment. Your actions and emotions go a long way in helping people in need and also helps you keep yourself happy. It is important to keep that smile on your face and take away that weight off your heart.

11.HAVE FUN:

We get so overwhelmed by the stress of our everyday lives that we rarely give ourselves time to have fun and enjoy our lives. When last did you do what you did when you were a kid? Have the same zero-worries lifestyle you had as a kid? Having fun helps in living life with the best mental attitude possible. Try having fun one day and notice how much stress it takes away.

12.VOLUNTEER:

Volunteering to help people and society would go a long way in helping to keep up your positivity. Focusing on helping others helps distract you from your own problems and release your worries. Having positive impacts on your society helps keep up the general momentum, reducing the negativity in the society.

13.CELEBRATE YOUR OWN SUCCESS:

It’s one thing to set a goal and it is another to achieve it. Success is the best source of joy that boosts mental attitude and confidence. Giving yourself credit for hard work well done is as important as the success; it gives a massive boost to your mental attitude.

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