Lately I have been reading a chapter each day out of Jack Cranfield’s ‘The Success Principles’ along with Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’. It is multi tasking at it’s best I think! Most interesting to me though is that while many of the topics overlap at the base of it all it seems to be the need for having the confidence to keep moving forward and a belief in yourself that you can put all the good advice they have into action.
For me this is probably the hardest part of running a business and making the most of everyday. I’m sure hat many of you reading this can relate too. After all my ‘great ideas’ occur there is often that little voice that whispers ‘ but what about ….’ and continues to list numerous reasons why I can’t follow through. While my little voice is not nearly as obnoxious or as loud as it was (thanks White Chestnut from Bach Flower Remedies for that ) it is still there. I find that getting getting out in nature each day helps quiet it too along with reminding myself of all the things I am proud of about myself. Little affirmations which I repeat to myself each day as I walk to help keep them at the forefront.
That little voice often knocks us down rather than builds us up and it is tireless. It doesn’t seem to give up which is why we can’t give up in building ourselves up either. Becoming mentally healthy and resilient is a daily job and hard work I know however it is also important to help have a happier and healthier life. We often endeavour to be kind to others but how kind are you to yourself on a daily basis? So, inspired by a writing prompt I thought I would share a simple exercise that you can do today. A simple exercise to help remind you just how awesome, unique and amazing you are.
Step one: Get some paper and a pen, old school I know but getting off here will help you to focus on the task rather than flicking over to another tab when procrastination calls.
Step two: Write the letters of your name down the left hand side of the page. Each letter should take up a few lines.
Step three: Create an acrostic poem from the letters of your name of all the things you are good at and/or love about yourself.
Step four: Have fun and keep your poem of all the great things about you somewhere for future reference.
If you’re anything like me it will take you a while to get into a good mindset to write anything down! This is where being off line with pen and paper can help; it will give you headspace for the good stuff to come in. The good stuff is there, honestly, it just may be a little hidden from view. at the moment. No need to be modest here or to worry about any ‘tall poppy’ syndrome as this is for you and you alone. It is a reminder to look at when that little voice gets overwhelming or just pipes up too much.
Enjoy focusing on you and all the things you love about yourself. It is an opportunity to recognize those great things about you and to be kind to yourself 🙂