Greet yourself each day with care and a friendly hello. A kind smile does wonders even when it comes from yourself.
—Calm App Reflection
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How do you start your days?
Who are the first people you see when you wake up and head out the door? Perhaps you are a mom or dad with a baby who wakes you early for a feeding.
Maybe it’s your spouse or significant other using the facilities or hogging the early morning covers.
Perhaps it’s a neighbor you see, out for an early morning walk with their dog.
Before everyone else, consider the person looking back at you in the mirror as you wash your face and shine those pearly whites. What type of greeting do you offer yourself as your day begins?
How would an extra moment of kindness and a friendly smile from and toward yourself be a wonderful way to begin your day?
“If you run out of kind words for yourself stop talking.”
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We’ve all heard the phrase If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.
This concept has served me well over the years when it pertained to other people. It works well — except when eye rolls and our body language betray us.
Turning this idea on ourselves is bit more difficult. It seems impossible to stop our inner critics and an external speaker isn’t necessary to deliver the bad news.
How often do you catch yourself talking to yourself?
How kind or critical are you during these inner dialogues?
What positive triggers can you put in place to send a little more kindness your way?
“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first. It means me too.”
—L.R. Knost, Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine
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Do you eat a healthy diet? Get regular exercise? How much sleep and rest do you get to recharge and renew?
If your answers aren’t to your liking, most experts would suggest some significant upgrades.
We all fall out of balance from time to time but far too many people—for a variety of seemingly good reasons—are paying a very high price. They assume being selfless and always putting others first is the optimal way of living a meaningful life.
Pick up a copy of Adam Grant’s book Give and Take for an expert analysis of being other-ish as the way to go. I also recommend the book On Target Living by Chris Johnson if you want to re-evaluate your eating, sleeping and exercise strategies.
Take a moment today to write a Thank-Me note, a conscious expression of gratitude toward yourself.
—Calm App Reflection
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As a business professional for over 40 years, I’ve come to learn the value of a courteous “Thank You.”
I fully support the idea that we work best with people we know, like, and trust. If your upbringing was like mine, your parents and others strongly encouraged — and most likely exemplified — this grateful gesture throughout their days.
We were always taught to focus on others and not ourselves, and most people learned to place their gratuitous efforts elsewhere.
When we experiment with this idea and flip it around to thank ourselves it feels awkward and a bit narcissistic.
If we ask ourselves objectively who did the work and took the necessary actions to get where we are, we can justifiably pat ourselves on the back and truly appreciate our disciplined efforts.
Take out a piece of paper and write a Thank Me note to yourself.
Begin by listing the things you do each day without thinking that serve you in being your best. If you are willing, send a copy of your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org