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New Year Same You

It’s 2024! Today, let’s dive into the essence of the new year and how you can make it your best by embracing who you are.

A recent encounter at a gala got me thinking. A woman I met there remembered my workshop speech about the importance of words. When I asked her what stuck with her, she said, “Anxiety is a choice.” Intrigued? Dive deeper by checking out my book, Words Fucking Matter.

Before we go further, a huge shout-out to the incredible team at Camo Crew Junk Removal. These guys work hard day in and day out, making it possible for me to pursue my dreams. Thank you, team!

Now, let’s talk about you. You’re amazing just as you are. In a world that sometimes tries to fit us into predefined boxes, remember there’s only one you among 8 billion people. Embrace your strengths because, believe me, they’re unique. Society might want to mold you, but resist the urge to conform.

Reflecting on my own journey, I’ve been shaped and molded by various influences, but about 10 years ago, during master resiliency training, I discovered the power of self-awareness. I realized I was both the problem and the solution to my challenges. Understanding my values, beliefs, and the people I surrounded myself with gave me control.

So, here’s a challenge for you: recognize your strengths. In my case, ADD and PTSD are not weaknesses but superhero strengths. I’ve learned to use routine to my advantage, appreciate the predictability it brings, and empathize with others dealing with mental health challenges.

Life is about embracing who you are without apologies. There’s power in self-awareness and the ability to regulate in real-time. Take assessments, read books, watch videos – invest in understanding yourself. And never, ever apologize for being you.

Mark Twain nailed it when he said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.” For me, my why is to be unapologetically myself, inspiring others to do the same. Life is simple – do the fucking thing, tell the fucking world, and show the fuck up. See you next week!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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