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Your Ego

Clint Maun, CSP

Do you have a healthy ego? Or is it too strong or too weak? I believe you should have a healthy amount of ego. Some people give up their entire life for everyone and everything else. They have no self-worth or self-love. You can't love anybody until you love yourself. You can't take care of anyone else until you make sure some of your needs and goals are met. People with no ego are what I have termed in my latest book as "pleasaholics". They constantly try to please others. However, there is another side to this coin.

While a healthy ego is absolutely necessary, there are also people who are only interested in themselves. As Fredrick L. Collins quotes, "There are 2 types of people in the world: Those who come into a room and say, "Here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are!" People who are egotistical use way too many I, me, and my statements. They seem to need attention, so they create it.

If you're to maintain a healthy balance and have others perceive it as such, you must practice using the correct words and expressions. For a true team involvement effort, try using the words "we" or "our". These words get everyone, including yourself, involved. It can be a struggle to carve out your place in life, but don't give up and don't take too much more than your spot.