This challenge is harder than it looks.

I am able to be kind to others. I’m helpful and thoughtful, and I can show compassion when people around me need it most. However, when it comes to being kind to myself, I struggle. Sometimes I don’t even realize how harmful the things I do are to my own self esteem and health.

Here are today’s three exercises. Choose one or all three.

MINI CHALLENGE – Should only take a minute!

Reflect on this quote:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inside you there is a power and hope no one but you can see – unless you choose to share it. However, to share it, you have to acknowledge it’s existence.

When you think about “What lies within you?“, What do you see? What do you feel?

 

INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE – Can take 5 minutes to a hour, depending on how creative you get.

  • Think about the quote above and answer the question, “What lies within you?
  • Make a list of the words and visit WordItOut to create a beautiful Word Cloud.
  • Then SHARE that Word Cloud with the community!


Word cloud made with WordItOut

POWER CHALLENGE – Keeps you focused on positive all day long.

This one requires you to remember that list of fantastic qualities you have hiding inside your heart.

As you go through your day, keep track of the self talk you have inside your head. Are you reminding yourself of the beauty you possess? or are you more focused on the things you do wrong?

If you have time throughout the day, keep a journal of the things you say about yourself and to yourself. At the end of the day review your list.

Is the list mostly positive, or does it include comments like, “It’s too hard.” “This is frustrating.” “I’ll never be able to finish everything I need to do.”

These negative comments slowly whittle away at our positivity as we go through out daily lives.

Try this practice more than once to see if awareness helps you becoming kinder to yourself.