Last week I shared that I would be sharing more stories – stories of lessons learned from my past, recent occurrences that are relevant, plus others’ inspiring stories.
Sharing our stories takes courage. When we open up about our stories and the lessons we’ve learned…we’re more susceptible to criticism, right? This vulnerable position can be scary. But what if your vulnerability inspired someone else to “risk” being vulnerable and make a positive impact in someone else’s life? In my opinion, that totally makes it worth the risk. 🙂
But I know that warm-fuzzy feeling of inspiring others doesn’t make the journey to vulnerability any less scary. To help guide you down that path, I encourage you to watch this brief video from Niko Everett titled “Meet Yourself: A User’s Guide to Building Self-Esteem”…
If you don’t have time to watch the video or prefer to cut out the details and just get to “the meat”, here’s a recap of Niko’s tips:
1) Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself.
2) Turn up the volume on positive thoughts and delete the negative ones.
3) Tell others what you like about them. Help to jump-start their positive thinking.
4) When you receive a compliment, stand your ground, look the giver in the eye, let the compliment in and say thank you.
I completely echo Niko’s message. Let’s create a new culture. Let’s empower others and create an environment where we all feel good about ourselves and worthy of love and acceptance. Let’s foster a culture where we can re-write our history and create new stories about ourselves. Our stories matter. And yours just might change somebody’s life.
In closing, I’m going to follow suit with something Niko did in her video and I’d like to ask you to do the same. She asked her audience to make a list of things they do well or qualities/traits they like about themselves.
I’ll go first…I’ve fallen in love with my crazy curly/wavy hair. I know that might sound silly, but I used to hate it because it made me different…especially as a teenager. It gave me such angst! I like to call it my “hairvolution”. And that’s a whole other blog post. (Coming soon!) I used to fight the curls, making every effort to straighten and smooth them…but then once I stopped fighting and focused on embracing them…I found ways to make them work for me…and now I absolutely love them.
So now it’s your turn. Tell me, what ONE thing do you love about yourself? Is there something you do extraordinarily well? This is your time to shine, friends. I’d love to hear about it and celebrate you and what makes you fabulous! 🙂