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Hello loyal readers! Have you ever wonder what it would be like to be radically changed from how you are? Some would want it to be physical, others may want it to be situational, or while others may want it to be total transformation. I can tell you I was in the latter group, for sure! I wanted to be unrecognizable to when I would look into the mirror. What about you?

In my life’s journey, I realized that the essence of who I am was not what needed to be transformed. You may ask, what do you mean by that? I am referring that I had to dig in deeply within myself to rediscover who I truly was. I became a determined detective willing to go to the bottom of the truth and nothing but the truth.

Diligently and with determination discovered shockingly layers of lies camouflaging and covering my true self. I angrily pulled one by one the lies out destroying any traces of it. Enough was enough! My eyes began to see clearly what was under it all. A sense of wonder invaded my heart. Why?

Suddenly a new and wonderful person was staring with bewilderment back at me. Although she recognized me, I vaguely remembered her in my dreams at night. Yes, once again united to become my true self! I began to love who I am as a person. I have a corky sense of humor, love people, love to learn, care and compassionate with others. Those traits and values, I did not want to change at all.

What I have discovered, I want to share with those that want to live a life of joy, peace, and love to the fullest. I am not saying I have arrived there yet I am in a better place than yesterday, last week, and definitely last year. Where do you start for this new adventure? Joyfully and with a big smile, I will continue talking with you in the next blog!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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Hello, loyal readers! I don’t know if I have mentioned this to you often enough. At this moment, I want to pause and say to you this. YOU ARE VALUABLE to me. The whole motive of this blog is to bring to you value in what I write. I hope this time together is seen as a gift for you.

We are now down to the two last motives that thrust us into action. This motive is one that many experience in their lives. What do you think it is? If you guess fear, you are 100% correct! This motive compels us to avoid the consequence or risk by changing our behavior while we actively and fearfully engage to limit the uncomfortable sensation.

The fear motive underscores the insecurities, low self-esteem, failure, rejection, and impostor syndrome that we may be dealing with. As we uncover “why” this is the root cause of our actions, we not only expose it but uproot it. PRONTO! Overcoming fear is liberating. YOU and I have the strength to achieve it.

The last motive but the most significant and powerful is authenticity. What is the underlying motivational factor which drives people to move into action? Authenticity is being true to one’s values, beliefs, and principles and consistently acting in alignment with them. It is not only in communication but also in actions and decisions.

With this motive, there are no hidden agendas, no strings attached, no self-seeking merit, power or unjust financial gains. Courage and vulnerability are the driving force. It inspires loyalty and engagement where integrity, ethics, and morals are not questioned because it has been validated. Regardless of the pressure to act otherwise, it is not swayed.

Although it is respectful to others’ perceptions or perceived judgements, it will not allow others to shape their actions. The core factor for this motive is love. Love for who they are, love for others, and love for the environment that they impact and influence. Let us search our hearts, uncover our real reasons for what we do. Motives Matters!

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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Hello, loyal readers! It truly has been a wonderful discovery about what drives us to do what we do. Motives are the engines that cause us to move into action in our lives. As we continue to investigate the last three motives, let us reflect on what we have learned thus far.

Position, power, and prestige motives are strong influences that cause us to believe that we are doing it for the good of others. As wise people, it is important to search within us the pertinent questions to determine the validity of the truth. Am I doing this for myself for validation, worth, control, and/or self-satisfaction?

If you were to remove those factors, would you still do the actions? If no one knew it was you doing it or involved in it, would you still be part of it at all? The turmoil that exists is the innate desire to be recognized as a person. We value as individuals. Who you are and what you do matters.

However, the motives underlying it will influence and impact the outcome of the efforts demonstrated and established. With this said, the fourth motive is money. Money can be viewed in various ways by so many people. For some it is the source of security that will shield them from uncertainties of life.

For others, the perception is that it will provide happiness and solve many of their problems and bring them to a blissful future. Money can also be seen as a tool to be able to enable them to establish a stable foundation for themselves, their families, and the community they live in.

Let us be cautious about this motive! Do not let the heart love money above everything else. Be persistent and diligent to uncover the evil seed of greed that wants to enter and bring forth destruction. Do not let money be attached to your worth. Money will come and go. Regardless of anything external, Wealth is within You!

“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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