Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out. ~Alan CohenWouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? I think about how I try to make the people I love happy, and how that in turn makes ME happy. But what if you would do anything to make YOURSELF happy? Don't you deserve that, too? Celebrate each day like it's your birthday. It is, afterall, your Unbirthday.
...I discipline myself to relish the moments of arrival when I reach them. Instead of immediately taking an accomplishment for granted, and moving the bar higher, as I'm wont to do, I pause to enjoy the view.We need to do more of this. Little things I'd like to celebrate: successfully cooking a delicious dinner getting up before 9am on a weekend toast myself when praised for an accomplishment at work exercising or doing yoga a few days a week blogging a couple times in a week putting away all my laundry 5. Step back to look at the big picture. You've probably heard this advice a million times before - think big picture / don't stress the small stuff / etc. But actually doing this can be pretty amazing and a little bit surreal. I try to visualize the "bigger picture" whenever I get super stressed about some minor thing. It's like pulling back layers, or stepping away from the situation in big leaps. If it's something at work, I think - how does this fit in to the project I'm working on right now? Where does this project lie in my overall job description? How does this project advance me as a professional, and how will it benefit the company as a whole? Will a project of this kind happen again over the years? How important is it? After it's all said and done, how will I feel? What will I think of this stupid glitch I'm stressing over right now? Where does my job fit in with my life? Where am I at in the course of my life? What will I be doing in 5 years? 10 years? ...etc, etc... Think like this: 6. Be happy where you are. Another idea that goes hand-in-hand with stepping back to look at your big picture is to be happy exactly where you are. Leo from Zen Habits writes about how he has "adopted the mindset that whatever I’m doing right now is perfect."
I’m always happy with what I’m doing, because I don’t compare it to anything else, and instead pay close attention to the activity itself.Try practicing this phrase to yourself: What I'm doing right now is perfect. There is nowhere else I'd rather be, and nothing else I'd rather be doing. Saying this really helps put you in the moment, and realize that everything you do is for a reason, and it affects your life - even in a small way. One thing that helps me get into this mindset is to remember when I was little and I used to go to summer camp. My family would drop me off, and it was always hard saying goodbye. Camp was just me, the counselors, and all the other kids - getting dirty, bug-bitten, and running around playing organized camp-wide games. I often felt homesick, as did other kids. My mom would send me letters during the week, and I'd write back to her...