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12 Rules for Life Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC 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