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Improve Your Life with Positive Self-Talk

How you think about yourself makes a big difference in how you feel. You can avoid feeling down or upset if you know what to say to yourself and how to say it. Even during difficult times, you can find moments of joy and blessings to talk to yourself about.

No matter what you want to do in life, self-talk can help you accomplish your dreams, goals, and desires. Believing in yourself is a strong component of moving forward into the life you really want and deserve. Positive self-talk can bring you this belief and instill within you the confidence to succeed.

Discover the Beauty in Your Life

When you face serious challenges in your life, being unhappy and speaking negatively to yourself won’t change anything for the better. Instead, seek out joy in positive affirmations of your continued worth.

The problems you may be facing have absolutely nothing to do with your value as a human being. Remind yourself of your great value!

Positive self-talk is not about being unrealistic or lying to yourself. It’s about seeing the beauty and value in yourself and others. Each one of us has something we can give and we each have a purpose and a reason to be here.

Using Positive Self-Talk Each Day

How do you take advantage of positive self-talk? When it comes to talking to yourself, there are no specific rules. You can focus on anything about you or your surroundings that’s positive.

Avoid letting negative or upsetting thoughts creep in. Things might not be going your way at any particular moment, but there are better days ahead, and the fact that you’re alive is something to be positive about!

Here are some tips to help you get started using positive self-talk to bring about a joyful, fulfilled life:

1. Remember something others like about you. Recall a positive comment someone made about you in the past. Even if you don’t see the reason for the compliment, someone else obviously did. Use that to your advantage to remind yourself of your great qualities and talents.

2. What do you like about yourself? Start small, if you prefer. You don’t have to think or feel (or say) that you’re perfect, but pick one thing that you like about yourself, or that you can accept about yourself, and be pleased with that.

3. Speak out loud. Sure, you might feel a little silly at first. You don’t have to do it when anyone else is around, but say your affirmations aloud whenever you can. That way you hear the good things about you, too.

4. Set aside time to practice your positive self-talk. If you don’t put it into your schedule, it’s easy to forget about it or decide that you’ll get to it later. Make it a priority, so it becomes a part of your daily routine.

The Benefits of Positive Self-Talk

The benefits you’ll get from positive self-talk will depend on your commitment to it. If you practice it each day, it’ll become second nature to you. When others say negative things, it’ll be less likely to take root in your mind, since you’ll already be filled with positive information about your worth.

Regardless of what stage of life you’re in, there’s always room for more happiness. Even in the face of despair, there are opportunities for great joy and growth. Avoid missing out on those opportunities because you don’t see your worth as a person. Instead, you can expect the best because of your positive self-talk.

Positive self-talk can help you rise higher in your career, family life, spiritual life, and any other area that matters to you. Friends and family members will notice your new-found confidence, and so will your co-workers, boss, and others. You just may find that positive self-talk leads you to some amazing new opportunities!

Here is a great resource that I have found to be very helpful. Check it out today: What to Say When you Talk To Yourself

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How to Raise Your Expectations of Yourself

Raising your own personal expectations can enable you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. The trick is to learn how to push yourself to greater heights without pushing yourself over the edge.

Why Raise Your Expectations?

If you’re perfectly happy with your current situation in life, you might be wondering why you’d want to raise your expectations. Well, when you expect more, you’ll drive yourself to achieve that much more.

Think about a time when you’ve expected nothing out of a situation. Chances are you weren’t unhappy with the results because you didn’t really care, but at the same time you probably weren’t driven and fulfilled either.

While having greater expectations opens you up and make you more vulnerable to failure, there are also big rewards too. It’s worth it in the end because a negative experience is still an experience that you can learn from. A positive experience may provide you with one of those life-defining moments that make you happy to be alive.

Here are some excellent ways to raise your expectations of yourself:

1. Do difficult things. Pushing your limits can only be achieved by doing difficult things. You might not find success right away, but when you do, it can be the starting place for doing even bigger and better things in the future.

2. Expand your comfort zone. Staying comfortable is another way of continually playing it safe. When you expand your comfort zone, you open yourself up to new and exciting things. You’ll then come to expect more from yourself just because you’re comfortable with more.

3. Challenge yourself. Set yourself up with a specific challenge or make a dare with yourself. If you’re dared to do something, you pretty much have to do it!

4. Take a survival course. Taking a survival course can show you how to get back to the basics. These courses are not just about basic survival, they can also teach you about yourself. You can learn more about your abilities and strengths, and then continue to challenge yourself in the future.

5. Learn new things. Work on being a more open and adaptable person. When you do, you may find that new experiences and situations simply fall into your lap. It’s an easy way of broadening your horizons, and with new knowledge and skills under your belt, you’ll be able to raise the expectations of what you can do.

Higher expectations for yourself also raise your self-esteem. What you think you can achieve is very important because it decides what you will achieve. When you raise the bar, you enable yourself to do more and be more than before.

Remember that your thoughts are very powerful. When you make the effort to raise your expectations, you’re also strengthening your self-worth and abilities. You’ll see yourself in a positive light and be better able to achieve your ultimate goals.

Try these strategies to help you raise your expectations of yourself and enjoy the pride and fulfillment that come with doing great things!

Need more help to expand your comfort zone? Here’s a handy resource for you: Make The World Your Oyster!: Adventuring beyond your Comfort Zone

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Avoiding Unhealthy Intimate Relationships

Love – to love and be loved – is one of the greatest joys of the human life experience. Unfortunately, it can also go very wrong. You could end up abused, neglected, and miserable – or worse.

It’s important to make wise choices in your relationships so your experiences with love can bring joy and fulfillment to your life.

Letting your heart rule your head is romantic, but you can keep yourself safe, both emotionally and physically, by making sure your head is at least involved in the decision making. When it comes to romantic partners, spotting any red flags that appear will help you have only healthy, strong relationships.

Another important consideration is your personal desire for a relationship. What, specifically, are you searching for? Are you doing the right things and going to the places that will attract someone who’s a good fit for you? Or are you just looking for anyone?

Finding the Right Person Through Understanding Yourself

When you’re looking for Mr. or Ms. Right, there are techniques you can use that will contribute to your success in finding who you’re looking for. The first thing you should do is to ensure you’re ready for the kind of relationship you’re looking for.

Here are some ways to prepare for a great relationship:

1. Be comfortable with being alone. Are you content with being on your own? Any romantic relationship you enter into should be because you care about that person and yourself. If it’s only to avoid being lonely, it’s probably not the best choice for you.

2. Know what you want out of life. When looking for a person to share your life with, you want one who shares your goals, dreams, and values. Avoid settling for less because your long-term happiness could be affected – and so could the happiness of your partner.

3. Stay focused on your goals. Giving up your dreams and desires for someone else seldom works well. Seek out a person who encourages you to pursue your dreams. When you’ve found one, that’s someone worth paying attention to!

4. Remember it’s not a race. Choosing someone just so you aren’t alone is unfair to both of you. The person you’re looking for will appear when the time is right. Avoid trying to force it. Your time will come, when you least expect it! As hard as it may be, try to be patient.

Relationships Are More Than Just Romance

Healthy relationships come in all types and sometimes they aren’t romantic. The friends you have, the people you work with, and even the family members you spend the most time with can all impact how you feel about yourself and your life.

The truth is, intimacy is far more than romance. Intimacy is a closeness of mind, body, and soul that fulfills all dimensions and needs. So if you’re feeling an imbalance or you’re feeling used, confront the other person or get out of the relationship. All intimate relationships must be mutually beneficial, healthy, and happy.

Choosing relationships wisely can really make an important difference in your life. People who care for you will support and uplift you, rather than drag you down. Surround yourself with people who support you and share your goals, dreams, and values.

When you avoid harmful relationships, you’ll gain a healthy confidence that will benefit both your physical and mental health. Keep these relationship red flags and tips in mind so you can attract positive, healthy people into your life!

This book is worth a read: Stop, Look, and Run like Hell: A Simple Guide for Identifying and Avoiding Unhealthy Relationship and Behaviors

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7 Ways to Combat Work Stress

Even if you’ve discovered your dream job, you’re not immune from work stress from time to time, simply because everything in life doesn’t always go perfectly according to plan.

Whether you’re battling work stress every day or just once in awhile, there are some effective techniques you can use to relieve it. Learning healthy ways to release your stress and even how to prevent a stressful reaction in the first place are critical to your health, success, and peace of mind.

Here are some strategies to combat work stress:

1. Practice effective communication. If coworkers are causing you stress, ask yourself, “Why?” There’s a good chance that the two of you aren’t really communicating.

• Put yourself in their shoes to better understand their point of view.

• Listen to their needs and see if they can be met. If you can satisfy their requirements, a source of conflict is removed and so is the stress associated with it.

• Also, if you can better communicate your own needs, others are more likely to agree with your requests.

2. Think positively. When things turn sour, you may be tempted to fall into a negative pattern of thinking. It’s easy to say that you hate your job, but are you doing anything to improve the situation? If you adopt a positive attitude, it’ll be easier to maintain the drive you need to overcome problems at work.

• It’s quite possible that everything at work is not as bad as you think! If you focus on the things that are going right, it’ll bring you more patience, less stress, and increase your overall job satisfaction.

3. Take care of yourself. If you’re really dedicated to your job, you may begin to lose yourself in it. No wonder you’re under a great deal of stress! You may feel as if your job has become your whole life. In these instances, it’s best to take a step back and focus on taking care of yourself.

• Take regular breaks and enjoy something that’s not work-related when you’re not working.

• Avoid working overtime or taking work home with you. On rare occasions, it may cause you less stress to stay and finish a project, rather than be late in completing it. However, it might also help you to work on strengthening your time management skills if this occurs frequently.

• Take care of your body by exercising, eating nutritious foods, and getting enough sleep. While that sounds so simple, how often do we rush around on 4 hours of sleep, a coffee, and a donut all day long?

4. Accept that everyone’s human, including you. The drive to be perfect is an automatic stress inducer! Everyone makes mistakes – you, your coworkers, and your clients.

• Trust that other people will get the job done right. You and your team can still produce quality work, even with an occasional mistake. If you remain flexible, you’ll be less likely to feel stress.

5. Understand other points of view. When you know where someone is coming from, you’ll be better able to understand the situation without all the stress. For example, if you can understand your manager’s expectations, you can take action to meet them, or you can communicate your own more realistic expectations.

6. Get organized. Organization can be a key factor for job stress relief. If your workplace is disorganized, it can also cause disorganization in your mind. Your thoughts may become scattered and you’ll be less likely to think on your feet effectively, causing even more stress.

7. Take responsibility. If you take responsibility for your actions, you can also reduce stress. When you keep yourself accountable, you’ll be focused on constant self-improvement without the lies, blame, or cover-ups.

Reducing stress at work will take a little practice, but the results are well worth the effort. Follow these work stress strategies daily and soon you’ll find less and less situations to feel stressful about.

You may find this a helpful read: Make Difficult People Disappear: How to Deal with Stressful Behavior and Eliminate Conflict

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Overcome Jealousy and Possessiveness

Have you ever found yourself battling feelings of jealousy and possessiveness? These are the two major factors for the destruction of romantic relationships, however being aware of your behaviors and making the decision to change is half the battle! After that, practicing the strategies below can rid you of these negative feelings so you can enjoy healthy relationships.

Signs of Jealousy

The predominant traits of a jealous person are a massive inferiority complex and selfishness. While we might see a jealous person as selfish, we may not recognize that he has an inferiority complex. This is because he masks it with a show of confidence.

Selfishness rears its ugly head when your lover shows even the mildest interest in someone or something else besides you. You resent not being the center of attention and jealousy seizes you. At such times, you won’t care about anyone else’s welfare but your own.

If you have feelings like these, it’s important that you realize they point to jealousy.

A Test of Selfishness

Ask yourself these questions:

• Am I willing to return the favor?
• Am I willing to allow a similar privilege?

If your answer is negative, you’re probably being selfish.

The challenge for you, if you’re jealous, is to overcome your feelings of inferiority and excessive need for approval.

Envy vs. Jealousy

Although people tend to interchange these terms, envy and jealousy are two different emotions. Envy is when you wish you could do as well as the other person. But when you’re jealous, you want to be the only person who’s doing well. The jealous person always wants to deprive the other of his success.

However, envy can be a good thing when you use it properly. It can spur you on to improve yourself and your circumstances.

Possessiveness

In the case of possessiveness, there’s no third person involved. You feel worthless unless someone loves you and proves it by showering you with their complete attention.

Both jealousy and possessiveness spring from the same source: an overwhelming need for love and approval.

The Solutions

Even if you have these traits, it doesn’t have to be that way forever. There are techniques you can use to reduce or eliminate these negative feelings. With a little practice, you can be on your way to enjoying your relationships without the hindrances of jealousy and possessiveness.

Here are some tips that can help you overcome these feelings:

1. Accept yourself. Nobody is perfect! No matter how perfect a person may seem to you, they have some flaws. You don’t need to be perfect to be worthwhile, or loved in order to prove you’re worthy. Why should you allow others to judge your worth? Do they have a PhD in the subject?

2. Be kind to yourself. When you face challenges or a breakup in your relationship, self-blame leads to guilt and feelings of inferiority. If appropriate, blame your actions, but not yourself. Avoid indulging in self-pity, instead count your blessings and you’ll feel more worthy right away.

3. Believe in change. You might think that jealousy and possessiveness are an intrinsic part of you that cannot be changed. However, you only have to consider people who stop smoking or become vegetarians to realize that change is possible. If they can change, so can you!

4. No one can own anyone. It’s common for lovers to fancy that they “belong” to each other. This is one of the most dangerous beliefs of the jealous and possessive person. No matter how much you’ve sacrificed for your lover, you simply mustn’t think of them as you would your car or house.

• If they want to leave, let them go. There’s no point in caging someone who doesn’t care for you any longer. There can be no harmony in such a relationship. All you can do is hope and pray for a change of heart.

5. Cultivate a hobby. Those who make another person the center of their lives are naturally jealous and possessive. One sure-fire way to stop centering your life on your lover is to develop an interest of your own.

• Polish your skills in your hobby, and you’ll notice you’re no longer obsessed with your relationship. That’s because you’re passionate about something other than your lover.

So if you’re jealous and possessive, use these strategies to build your sense of self-worth and learn to see things as they really are. As a result, you’ll find your relationships blossoming into beauty and joy!

Need more help? This book can provide you with that extra help – Overcoming Jealousy and Possessiveness

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The Best Ways to See Success in Your Life

In your quest for success, do you ever feel lost or paralyzed because you don’t know what to do next, or because you’re afraid you might make the wrong decision?

If you want to see success, you must keep moving forward, even when you’re afraid. There will always be challenging or confusing moments in your life, but it’s what you do after that matters.

Making the decision to be happy and move forward despite your circumstances is important – and it’s a conscious decision. You can make it, right now.

Choosing Happiness

One of the main things you’ll notice about truly successful people is that they’re happy. Most people assume that their happiness comes from the success they’ve achieved, but it’s actually more likely that their success was borne out of their happiness. Because they found joy in life and believed in great things, they drew those things to them.

By choosing happiness over despair, you’ll be able to draw the good things in life to you, as well. While not difficult, choosing happiness takes practice.

You can focus on things like:

• The positive aspects of your work
• Helping others
• Enjoying your mate
• Past successes in your life
• Places you’ve visited
• Starting your own business
• Anything that brings you joy

Understanding How You Measure Success

Ask a person what success means to them, and they’ll often say it means being filthy rich. But, does it really? It depends on the person. Not everyone equates success with great wealth, and you don’t have to, either.

Maybe your dream is to be a missionary. Perhaps you want to stay at home with the kids, or teach school in an underprivileged area. If you do those things, and do them to the best of your ability, you’re a success!

Having financial security is nice, and great wealth might be enjoyable to the majority of people, but there are other dimensions that need to be fulfilled that are of even greater importance.

What kind of legacy you leave behind, and how much joy you get from your life, can have a lot of significance for the world in which you live. One of the surest ways to see success in your life is to focus on what you can do for others.

Following Your Dreams

Instant gratification is one of the biggest obstacles you’ll need to combat in your mind. After years of instantaneous satisfaction of food, entertainment, and pleasure, you may think that your dreams must be fulfilled as easily and quickly, too. But what if it doesn’t happen? Well it’s awfully disappointing, isn’t it?

It’s easy to get discouraged when your dreams don’t come true as quickly as you’d like, but keep working toward your goals anyway. Avoid letting other people in your life talk you out of success. Most importantly, avoid talking yourself out of your dreams.

Success should always be measured by what you feel in your heart. You can listen to the opinions of others, but the only opinion of success that matters is the one you create for yourself.

Pay attention to how you really feel about your dreams and keep yourself focused on your pursuit of great success. When you achieve what you set out to, you’ll experience a triumphant joy like never before!

If you haven’t read this book yet, then I suggest you do so as soon as possible. It is filled with the latest research on attaining success in your life. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Make Procrastination a Thing of the Past

Almost everyone procrastinates. There are always things you might not want to do, even though you know it may be necessary. The good news is you can avoid living like that. You can change the way you look at your tasks and make procrastination a distant memory.

There are all kinds of reasons why people procrastinate. Some do it because they don’t like the task, others do it because other things mean more to them, and still other people might be struggling with depression, sickness, or just feeling down. No matter what your reasons for procrastinating, you can take control and get things done.

Find What Matters to You

It’s important to be able to do things that you want to do, but the reality is that someone has to take out the garbage, wash the dishes, or complete that long-winded business report. There should be a healthy balance between things you must do and things you do simply for pleasure.

Of course, what you like to do won’t necessarily be the same as what someone else enjoys, and that’s perfectly fine. Some people like to clean their homes. Others prefer to pay someone to clean so they can do something else. Neither person is wrong, nor should they try to convince the other person to change. They are both focused on what they enjoy doing.

If you want to stop procrastinating, your first step is to determine:

• What you absolutely have to do
• What others have told you that you have to do
• What you can get others to do for you – either volunteer or paid

When you’ve been honest with yourself and determined what matters to you, you can focus on the tasks that you truly must accomplish.

Be Sure to Reward Yourself

Ensure you get something when you give something. In other words, avoid doing a lot of tasks that you don’t enjoy without treating yourself.

It’s important that you reward yourself for doing things you don’t like doing. The reward should be simple and realistic, but also something that you can look forward to. A treat can be anything from a scoop of ice cream to your favorite movie to taking a walk under the stars – whatever brings you joy.

For example, you can tell yourself, “When I finish cleaning the kitchen, I’ll read another chapter in that book I enjoy.” You’ll be more likely to finish cleaning faster if you know you can do something fun afterward.

More Tips to Stop Procrastinating

Rewarding yourself is only one good way to stop procrastinating. Making unwanted tasks more enjoyable so that you’re more inclined to get them done also works.

Try these techniques to convince yourself to complete those tasks:

1. Get others involved. Need to paint your house? Get your family or friends involved and then enjoy some time together afterward. Order a pizza. Watch a movie. Play in the yard. Do something that makes you feel joyful and connected. This way, you can actually look forward to it!

2. Do one thing each day. Divide the task up into more manageable bits. For example, rather than cleaning your entire house in one day, just clean one or two rooms each day, on a schedule of your choosing. When you do that, the smaller tasks seem much easier to handle and you won’t spend your entire weekend cleaning.

3. Set realistic deadlines and goals. If you set unrealistic goals, it’s easy to get discouraged. Avoid discouragement by setting goals and deadlines that are attainable. Your confidence and motivation soar when you know you can achieve what you set out to accomplish.

Overcoming procrastination takes work, but it’s something that anyone can do. Make a commitment today to stop procrastinating and start moving forward with your life. You can take control, and you’ll be glad you did as you find yourself accomplishing your goals and enjoying more free time.

Want more ideas on beating procrastination? Check out Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now for more ways to beat procrastination.

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8 Ways to Boost Your Optimism

Your outlook in life is so important, and yet many people never give it much thought. If you’re optimistic, you’ll open doors for yourself and lead a happy life. However, with a negative mindset, you could end up in places that you never intended to be. This isn’t some fairytale ideal; it’s absolutely true!

Being optimistic might seem like a large task, but there are simple things you can do to improve your outlook. If you practice each day, you’ll be doing yourself a great favor, since your mindset is the very foundation for achieving success and fulfillment.

Here are some easy techniques you can use to boost your optimism:

1. Avoid getting hung up on one thing. Sometimes you may feel like there’s one situation that’s holding you back. Maybe there’s just one thing that has seemingly ruined your day. Resolve to let it go so it doesn’t bother you anymore. After all, there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you to experience!

2. Remember that there’s always a silver lining. If you’re having a bad week, it’s not a reason to let negativity cloud your thinking. Seek the silver lining in every challenging situation. Remember that setbacks often occur right before you reach success.

3. Get over the past. Remember that the past is the past; it doesn’t need to keep repeating itself. In fact, if you keep recalling the past, you are the one taking it with you into your future. Learn how to let it go no matter how painful it might have been. The future can be filled with great things, but a great future can only start when you’ve come to terms with your past.

4. Be thankful. Make a list of all the things you’re thankful for in your life. Include even the smallest things, like the lucky penny you found on the street or the loving hug your partner gave you today. You’ll most likely end up with a long list that you can look to whenever you feel like you’re slipping into negativity.

5. Use positive affirmations. Nothing brings out optimism like the use of affirmations. These positive statements bring optimistic energy into your present. They are a way of communicating with your subconscious mind so you can maintain control over how you feel. Use them every day and every time you need a boost of positivity.

6. Surround yourself with positive people. Humans are social beings that can feel the energy of others. Have fun with positive and supportive friends and family members. Just being around positive people can lift you up when you’re feeling down.

7. Watch your language. Do you speak positively to yourself and others, or are you judgmental and negative? Try to shift over to only positive speech. Practice using upbeat words while you focus on the positive in every situation.

8. Remember that even a positive life has ups and downs. Life won’t always be perfect, but there are many ways you can still make the best of it. Accept the fact that bad things will happen from time to time, but avoid dwelling on these things. You’ll bounce back if you remain open to optimism.

In the end, you’ll find that simple things can boost your optimism. You don’t need to wait for some grand opportunity; just open your eyes to the beauty of the world around you and you’ll see wonderful things!

Check out Optimism: Cultivating the Magic Quality that Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy, and Make You Happy Now as it is a great read and can provide you with further help.

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Your relationship with your partner has the potential to be the most fulfilling experience in your life. However, there are snags that can happen at every step of the way. No one ever said that relationships were easy!

The good news is that if you stay proactive, you can foster a loving relationship no matter how many weeks or years you’ve been together. When you create a more loving relationship, you make both you and your partner happy. You won’t find much better than that!

Here are some tips for creating a more loving relationship:

1. Show your gratitude. If you love your partner very much, than you’re obviously grateful for them. However, you need to learn to express your inner feelings. Your partner needs to know that you’re grateful. It shouldn’t be something that goes unsaid.

• You can show gratitude by being more open in your conversations or by taking loving actions by buying gifts or suggesting ideas for quality time. Also, remember the words: “Thank you!”

2. Incorporate more fun into the relationship. You two may have separate ideas of what fun is, but try doing things together that you both enjoy. It doesn’t have to be anything big and extravagant, just try to find something simple, yet exciting.

• The key is to do something where you both won’t know exactly what to expect. This adds that “special spice” to the relationship and helps stave off boredom.

3. Go out of your way. Yes, going out of your way for your partner may take some extra work, but it’ll be worth it! Decide to make a grand gesture for your partner. Do this out of the blue and your partner will really see that you care.

• For example, you could throw them a party or take care of something that you know they don’t like doing.

4. Do activities they want to do. By making the sacrifice to do something you’re not all that interested in, it’ll make your partner feel loved and honored. Of course, there’ll be interests you share, but make it a point to join in for an activity they really enjoy more than you do.

• If your partner has always wanted to go ballroom dancing with you, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet and go through with it.

5. Keep their needs in mind. As the years go by, it’s so easy to fall into patterns and restricted comfort zones, but you mustn’t forget about your partner’s needs.

• If they enjoy an extra hug every once in awhile, go give them a hug.
• If they like to talk about feelings and plans, sit with them and talk.

6. Say: “I love you” regularly. It seems that you can never say these three simple words enough. Say it, text it, email it, record it, show it. Do what you have to just to remind your partner of your true feelings. This little phrase actually helps communication, lightens the mood, and fosters a more loving relationship for many years to come.

7. Listen actively. While it’s important to express your own feelings, it’s also critical that you truly listen to your partner’s feelings. When you actively listen, you’ll begin to understand your partner in a new, deeper way. They’ll also feel loved because they’ll see you being attentive and they’ll feel like their thoughts and feelings matter.

8. Support their ideas. When you agree with your partner’s ideas, make sure that you fully support them in both words and actions. This feeling of support will help your partner feel loved.

• When you don’t agree with your partner, it’s still important to remain loving. Don’t shoot down your partner’s ideas or become overly critical. Accept what they’re saying and suggest alternative ideas if needed.

Follow these tips, encourage your partner to do the same, and you can’t help but have a more joyous, loving relationship!

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You ARE Worth It! A Guide to Healthy Self-Esteem

A healthy self-esteem is a starting point for a happy life. Unfortunately, when you lack self-esteem, you also lack the ability to reach your true potential. Why? Because your thoughts are truly powerful!

It All Starts With Your Beliefs

Most people have heard the statement, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” but few people actually take it to heart. For some reason big goals seem unattainable and an “I can’t” mentality takes over.

While everyone experiences negative thoughts from time to time, you may need to make an extra effort to get through these challenges. Positive thoughts must be victorious in the end!

Tips For Developing Self-Esteem

Developing a healthy self-esteem doesn’t need to be a difficult task. There are small changes you can make to get yourself on the right track.

Try following these strategies to help you develop a healthy self-esteem:

1. Ignore negativity from others. For some reason, many people get into the habit of putting others down. You know you shouldn’t listen to these people, but sometimes you take what they’re saying to heart. It’s especially hurtful when it’s coming from someone you love.

• Some people will even steer you in the wrong direction because they think they’re doing the right thing. When it comes down to it, you’re the only one that knows yourself and your dreams. You simply can’t let anyone stand in the way!

2. Learn to accept compliments. You might toss off compliments as lies because some people may have ulterior motives. While this might be true, in most cases people are being genuine. After all, most people won’t go out of their way to give you a false compliment.

• Accepting compliments will help you discover what you’re good at and strengthen your self-confidence.

3. Get a life coach. Life coaches are in the business of helping you live your life to its fullest potential. You don’t need to be scared or embarrassed to seek one out. If a life coach doesn’t seem feasible for you, you can look into getting some self-help guides.

• Go online or to a local bookstore to find some relevant workbooks and resources.

4. Use affirmations. Affirmations are great self-esteem boosters because they show your brain what you already know you can achieve. They bring positive energy into the present moment.

• You can read affirmations on the subjects of your choice or you can get into the habit of writing your own affirmations. Nothing can be more targeted to your true feelings than your own words!

5. Avoid comparing yourself to others. It’s easy to get into the habit of comparing yourself negatively to other people. Remind yourself that everyone is unique. You’re equipped with your own set of strengths and weaknesses, so the best thing you can do for yourself is concentrate on developing your own strengths.

Follow Your Dreams

Once you’ve worked on your initial feelings about self worth, it’s time to take a step in the right direction. A part of a healthy self-esteem is having the drive to take action toward your goals.

Have a plan and follow through. If you feel that you’ve improved your self-esteem but then fail to take action towards your dream, it will only be a matter of time before your self-esteem begins to wane again.

When you’re faced with challenges, actively seek solutions. When you do, you’ll soon notice what a positive role your healthy self-esteem plays in your life!

Here’s a useful resource to help improve your self esteem – The Self-Esteem Workbook

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