“Probably the most neglected friend you have is you.”
—L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of the Church of Scientology
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Who are your very closest and best friends? Take a moment to list them by name. You may even choose to look back to your school years, and the different cities or towns in which you have lived throughout your life.
Did you put yourself on the list?
If you didn’t, you are not alone.
For some reason, the majority of people who take on this exercise rarely include themselves.
What are the reasons for the omission?
Why do so many of us neglect, ignore, or simply not consider our relationship with ourselves of paramount importance?
How and in what ways can you befriend yourself far more, from this point forward?
Consider reversing the Golden Rule and do for yourself what you do for others, as a starting point.
“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Image from Unsplash by Brooke Lark
Did you know that when you look up at the night sky and view a full moon you are seeing exactly what every other human – and for that matter, every other creature on Earth – has viewed for millennium?
Based on the rotational speed of the moon and the position of the Earth and Sun, we only get to see one-half of the moon’s surface.
People are like the moon, in that they often only present the sunny side of themselves. We sometimes tend to keep our dark side – including our weaknesses, fears, and perceived imperfections – hidden from view.
How might an exploration of your dark side, and perhaps revealing it to those you trust, create new opportunities and possibilities for you over (at least) the next lunar cycle?
“Believe in yourself a little more.”
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A few weeks ago I began working with an exciting new coaching client with boundless energy and great potential.
As part of our kick-off Personal Excellence workday, we reviewed his 360° Leadership Survey, which examines his current style as a leader and manager, as well as his effectiveness in a variety of activities.
Although his perception of self was quite good, he was surprised, even a bit embarrassed, when his colleagues rated him significantly higher in virtually every area, including strengths and weaknesses.
Not surprisingly, he shared a bit of his upbringing. His parents were somewhat negative in their parenting strategies, leaving him feeling he was never good enough, and could never meet their expectations.
How would a far greater belief in yourself and your potential make a significant difference in living a happier and more successful life?
Where would a greater belief in those around you make a world of difference for the people you care about and love?
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
—Maria Edgeworth, 19th Century Anglo-Irish Writer
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A few months ago, I reintroduced daily meditation into my life for many reasons, including stress reduction, greater self-awareness, enhanced patience, and an overall increase in mindfulness.
I have a strong desire to be more present to the people and events in my life.
Although my mind experiences many “trips down memory lane,” and adventures into the day ahead, I am making progress in being in the moment. One significant benefit I’ve experienced is a far greater capacity to choose my thoughts, perceptions, and reactions to events around me.
I also find myself being far more intentional and more productive and fulfilled.
What strategies might you employ to be more present to the moments of your life so the years ahead are even more rewarding?
“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”
– St Francis de Sales, Roman Catholic Saint
Envy and jealousy rob us of our power. When we focus on the qualities and characteristics of others, we often pine for what we feel may be missing or lacking in ourselves. Personal appearance, physical abilities, and intellectual capacities are just a few examples.
Instead of wishing to be someone else, what if we fan the flames of our own passions and unique abilities to become our best self?
What if it were all about the journey within – a perfect-fitting life which was intended all along?
What would be possible if you were perfectly yourself?