|Have you noticed that a lot of people mix up their use of "affect" and "effect"? They are actually 2 sides of the same word...affect is a verb while effect is noun. For this piece, I'll focus on effect because effects affect a lot. Let's start with the meaning of "effect":|
a "result: a change or changed state occurring as a direct result of action by somebody or something else"* or
"power to influence: success in bringing about a change in somebody or something, or the ability to achieve this."*
There are 6 things we need to watch closely - because they have a lasting effect on us and intentionally or unintentionally affect others too:
Emotions, Friends, Fantasies, Expression, Community and Time management.
Emotions - A wise person said: “Control your emotion or it will control you.” Indeed, “the emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.”** While we cannot always control what happens to us, we can control our response/reaction. Proverbs 25: 28 tells us: "A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls" (NLT). Women are emotional. So we must have both emotional intelligence and emotional (self) control otherwise we could respond/react in ways that would affect our lives negatively.