Monday, June 3, 2013

The Self-Love Challenge

I listened to an interesting webinar today about how to live a more fulfilling, productive life. One of the main themes was self-love, or rather a lack thereof, and how that keeps us from leading a purposeful life.

The speaker issued a challenge that she herself had accepted. She had found that it changed her whole perspective of not just herself but also of others. She said a lot of our resentment or judgement of others was due to not feeling good about ourselves.

So here's the challenge. Tomorrow, either morning or night, write down 5 things you love about yourself. She said she had a hard time coming up with 5 things the first time and not to give up. But here's where it gets tougher. Each day you have to write 5 more things, all new.

Think about it. You might be able to find 5 things you like about yourself at first, but can you do that every day? Yes! You know why? Because you'll be forced to act in a way that will make you proud of yourself. You'll be looking for things to put on your list, so you'll be looking for ways to be more kind or friendly or helpful, or just to stand up for yourself.

I think it will work. I'm willing to try it for a week to see if it changes my outlook, which hasn't always been the cheeriest since my husband passed away.

I'd love for you to join me. I'll write a follow-up blog next week to report back on what happened and whether it changed anything in my life. I hope you'll have something to report back, too, even if you try it for only a few days. It'll be fun!

See you next week. May it be full of love.