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Positive Change Series: Your Life Is Your Reflection
Other portions of the series
- Positive Change Series: Identify Goals For Change
Changing is difficult no matter how you slice the pie. But setting goals can help you get one step closer to who you would like to become.
- Positive Change Series: Muffle The Internal Critic
Negative self-talk is a part of life, unfortunate but none-the-less unavoidable. Learn how to overpower your internal negativity and approach life in an increasingly positive manner.
- Positive Change Series: Identify What Is Not Working
Change is not a simple task but achievable with the right tools. Having the proper equipment is essential to revealing the true you.
All right, here is a disclaimer. This is the part of the series where things get real – real tough. Not to be discouraged, change takes time and it takes guts.
Think of the life of a butterfly. The early days are spent in the body of a squishy, unattractive slinky body that quite possibly is a bit too hairy for your likings. But no worries, in the perfect amount of time the butterfly emerges delicately from the cocoon and flies off into the sunset as a beautiful creature none could ever imagine. As a human, our transformations are not as sensual but none-the-less extraordinary and worthy of noticing. It is time to reflect on the days of the slinky worm we once were, maybe even hairy. Now decide what attributes were represented within that worm that we are leaving behind.
What You Put Into The World Becomes You
Choices in life have effectively created the creature before your eyes. And in fact before the eyes of others. An essential part of who we are emerges from what comes from our hearts and eventually out of our mouths. When thinking about yourself, it is best to think about others. It is true we are better critics of others than of ourselves. So make a list or think intuitively about the attributes you dislike in others. What does your spouse, mother, sibling, co-worker or friend do that really makes the hair on your arms stand on end? Well I hate to say it, but those are the things that you commonly dislike about yourself. It may not be with the same mannerisms or intent but the underlying meanings are similar.
For example, your mother is constantly gossiping about others and only recognizes the negatives of life. Evaluate why that irks you. What emotions does this behavior evoke? How do you feel when you engage with that activity? Does this behavior demonstrate who you are or want to be? By knowing, the what, why and how of any behavior one can begin planning a change.
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Evaluate How You See Yourself
A complete piggyback of the previous section. One cannot begin changing without evaluating how they seem the self. I am not talking about how you look when you try a new lipstick or a new suit; I am referring to what is on the inside. I purposefully mentioned the facade of a person as many times when you are walking around with turmoil and ugliness inside the logical counter is to focus on the presentation of the exterior. However, focusing on the exterior is only temporary and does not solve any true problems with self-esteem. So the only work mentioned in this series relies on fixing the core self.
Evaluate How Others See You
As a very vague measure use the opinion of others to evaluate your heart and personality. This section comes with extreme cautions. I caution you to rely on others that have like minds, interests and beliefs. Also rely on those that have a positive outlook in life. You would never ask the old grumpy fart that has never enjoyed the light of the sun what he thinks about the early morning glistening rays that sneak through the cracks of your window shades as you try sleeping in on a Saturday morning.
Yet do not totally disregard those people as they have a keen eye for what needs improvement and often bold enough to share their opinion. So in time of need when you are looking to improve, yes those people will give you the uncut version. But if you are searching for support and compassion from where you have come, they will not stroke your ego in the way you are seeking.
Take the Challenge (Writing Challenge)
I challenge you all to write a hub that describes you using one word. Describe how you came upon this word that defines who you are and the meaning that the word has in your life. My mini sample is to the left. In the comments section feel free to attach a link to your own hub so others can enjoy. This challenge is a great way to rid the pesky internal critics and just go for it.
Using One Word What Best Describes Who You Are
As I was thinking about this particular section, this randomly came to mind, but felt it would be fun and insightful. Identifying oneself can truly help to set a firm foundation as well as establishing a perspective. Be sure to not fool yourself in a delusional sense. Even if the word is negative or hurtful, claim it. However, don’t be fooled or go out and tattoo the word on your forehead. This is a merely a symbol to aid in identifying a milestone or a desired path change.
As you change your thoughts, perceptions and behaviors one is also likely to change this word or phrase. Hence the reason I advised against the tattoo. This word or phase is meant to be a marker of who you currently are and a way to easily track your transition.
For example, my word has been pretty constant throughout my life and one that I really honor, still no tattoo. I would claim the word “perseverance” in my own life. I have worlds of trauma, horror and adversities but I do not know the words, “no” or “I can’t.” Whether the results were positive or a complete fail I persevered through it all. I do not see this changing for me as I take great pride in my life challenges. Though claiming this word was not easy, immediate or chosen at the beginning of my transformation. I walked around many years unconsciously wondering this world that never went right but through hard work I stumbled upon my true calling and meaning for life. Now I realize that I can get through anything and live with joy while I’m doing it.
Looking Back At Your Character
Reflect on life thus far, does that picture depict you well. Likely not, if you are reading through this in its entirety there are tweaks to be made. So from here on out, get in control of whom you really are and not what others or your internal critic tricks you to believing. Do not trash all those years of distress and aimless wonder. Use it as a blueprint. All experiences are valuable and can be used in the future for either redo’s or never-do’s.
Create the legacy only fit for you and one that is handmade. There is no place for critics here. Reach to the moon and higher if you dream it so. Limitations are those you place upon yourself. So pull out the red carpet and take a strut. No one but you has to believe your dreams. As long as you believe it, it can happen.
A new legacy is just the formula needed to show you and others that change is possible and that it did occur. Like a football game that blows your mind, be the tale of two halves. As you challenge yourself, you are the only person who matters. When changes begin to occur those in your life will have no choice but to recognize what has occurred right in front of their eyes.
Be the joy that you want to see in others. The aforementioned statement is one that will drive you forward and lead you searching for a better you. Do not ignore that change is difficult, though embrace the challenge and always prepare for the good in whatever the endeavor. Always look forward as there is no joy in past what ifs or should haves but the joy is illuminated in the here and now and what the moment may contain.