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September is self-improvement month. Most think of self-improvement in a goal oriented fashion: weight loss, educational certificate, parenting milestone, etc. But self-improvement can be something very simple. A step towards a change of habit or a positive spin on your inner voice can make all the difference in the world.
Star and I used to speak about listening to that inner voice during our Spouse Field Exercise(TM): Priceless Packages and one of the things our audiences were always stunned by was the research that for every 1 negative thing we say to ourselves we have to replace it with 7 positives to balance things out. Given our example of saying approximately 7 negative things to ourselves just by getting ready for work in the morning, we quickly realized we were going to have to stop that habit/negative inner dialogue and QUICK. Or we’d never catch up. We talked a lot about being in the present and giving ourselves a break.
I don’t know about you but being faced with deployment, children with stress of back to school, and being under the weather these past few weeks sent me into a spinning vortex of “I can’t” when I full well know, “I can.” We all have those times.
While we have goals – and they’re great to have -of self-improvement we want to reach, I’d like to challenge you to a much simpler change (well, at least in theory, right?). Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): to make a step towards the positive. To become aware of and try to put a positive spin on your inner-voice.
Do what you have to do to make this happen. For me, it was taking “me time” to do what I felt I needed to do for me, not what I needed to do for my family or my friends. I always make time for that. I did what I needed to do to change my voice and that voice was only changed when I felt good about me. So, make that appointment with yourself three days a week for your gym visit, go to that painting class, buy that new pair of jeans, read a book, get a new haircut, or simply have coffee with a friend. Smile, laugh, cry, do whatever it takes for you to feel like you’re not down on yourself and can wake up the next day with a positive thought in your head.
Look in the mirror and say to yourself what Jack Handy says, “I’m good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me.”
I hope this month is a self-empowering one!
We asked our 43,000+ Facebook fans what their “self-improvement” goals were – see what they added and offer your own thoughts on the conversation as well as list your goals. http://www.facebook.com/ArmyWifeNetwork/posts/10151048198927333
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