Every year around this time, I invite you to stop and reflect on the positive changes you’ve made in your life. Since the quality of your life is directly related to the quality of relationship you have with yourself, it’s important to be your own best champion. When you feel good about who you are, you allow better things – people, experiences, jobs, opportunities, etc. – into your life. Taking the time to inventory your positive changes is an important step in developing this stronger relationship. And it’s a key way to reinforce good habits.
If you’ve been in our Life Makeover community from the beginning of the year, you might want to review this year’s newsletters to help you remember the changes you’ve made. If you’re new to the community (welcome!), don’t worry. Answer the following questions anyway. You can review past newsletters by visiting our archives here.
Reflect on the last six months and answer the following questions:
1. What positive changes have you made in your life?
2. How have you stayed motivated to make these changes?
3. How has your physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being been strengthened or improved?
4. What qualities of character have been further developed? Are you more courageous, patient, or light-hearted, for example?
5. What challenges have you faced or what obstacles have you overcome?
6. What hard decisions did you make that dramatically improved the quality of your life?
7. How have you been a better partner, spouse, friend, or co-worker?
As you consider these questions, build a strong foundation for success by focusing on what’s worked instead of focusing on what still needs to change. When you acknowledge your growth, you build self-respect and self-trust, two key ingredients that will support you in making healthier choices for you and your loved ones from this point on.
As I’ve said many, many times, the greatest gift we give to humanity is our commitment to constantly raise our level of consciousness. Each week, as you take one simple step to live a healthier, more creative life, you do just that. This is important work and you deserve to acknowledge your success. So, be sure to complete our weekly challenge. Congratulations!
Take Action Challenge
Make a list of at least five positive changes you’ve made so far this year. Open a file on your computer right now labeled “My Success List” and put the five items on the list (add it to a prior list if you’ve done this before). It’s extremely important to put this list in writing. By doing so, you send a message to yourself that you’re worth the time and energy. And, when your self-worth increases, the world responds accordingly. You become a magnet for better life experiences.
If you belong to a Life Makeover Group, celebrate your success together. If not, share your accomplishments with a friend or family member. Then, spend an afternoon at the beach, take yourself to the theater, enjoy dinner with a friend, or buy yourself a gift. Don’t just move onto the next to-do item or goal. Stop and reward yourself for all your hard work!
This week’s video contains stunning images along with a beautiful message. It came from my dear friend, Deirdre, who always finds great stuff on the web. You can find it here. Thanks, Deirdre!