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Be You African Proverbs

African proverbs teach us that it's unnecessary to seek approval from others.

Be you African proverbs are short sayings that contain the wisdom and experiences of African ancestors. Be you African proverbs teaches us to be who we are, not who the world wants us to be.

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What does it take for you to be you using African proverbs?

One object that is identified in every society is each person's self. Who am I? What will my friends think of me if I do so and so? Why don't I feel like I'm supposed to feel?  What is the purpose of my life?

We must begin at the beginning. The anxiety about self-esteem is stimulated by factors such as one's need to be liked by others. How you perceive the world influences your motives and behavior; this is called unconscious cognition.

Unconscious cognition is processing perception, memory, learning, thought, and language without awareness. Unconscious cognition is more potent than conscious cognition because it is carried out unconsciously and automatically, leading to unconscious stress.

What is self-actualization? The actual self is the total pattern of attributes in terms of which the person perceives himself or herself at a given moment in time. The potential self is the total pattern they might attain if they fully develop their latent capacities. 

Considering unconscious cognition and self-actualization, not giving a damn about other people’s opinions is unrealistic; however, you can make a conscious effort to stop giving a damn, to let you be you, to let yourself be free.

How do you let yourself be you? First, stop comparing yourself with other people. A lot of people do this on social media and that's one of the reasons we spend a lot of time on social media you may find that you're depressed and go look at these pictures the perfect couple. 

The point is to realize that you only see a fraction of a second of that person’s life. The Smiling people may be dying inside and wish they could trade places with you. Stop comparing yourself with an imaginary version of these perfect people.

The second way to be you is to be grateful and thankful. Write down the things you are grateful and thankful for every day. Not what the world or other people have done for you, but remember that gratitude means grace. Expressing thanks can lead to a healthier, happier and less-stressed lifestyle. You can actually get to know you have what you need and you have the ability to make a change in your life.

Finally, be you by defining your own happiness and not falling for what the media is trying to sell you. What would make you happy when you are alone with yourself should make you happy when you are with others. You need to define that for yourself.  

It's important to define your goals and aspirations for yourself, without considering the opinions of others such as your partner, parents, or friends. Take the time to write them down in a journal or create a visual representation of your dreams through a picture board. 

Be mindful of the language you use when describing yourself and avoid living a life dictated by others' expectations. Remember, purchasing unnecessary items may lead to financial troubles and won't necessarily bring you happiness, only the satisfaction of the salesperson.

Be you African proverbs.

Be You African Proverbs

Be You African Proverbs

Be You African Proverbs

Be You African Proverbs

Be You African Proverbs

Be You African Proverbs
Be You African Proverbs

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