Life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.
One of the best strategies to being emotionally stronger is to give ourselves the love and care we catch ourselves dreaming about receiving from others. I know this, because I learned this lesson the hard way.
There was a point in my life when I felt lousy about my appearance – I was insecure to say the least – and I saw myself as too flabby, too weak, too this, and too that. Yet I fantasized about other people seeing me as an extraordinary individual worthy of being loved and cared for as I am.
It’s a bit silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of others offering me the emotional support I was directly withholding from myself? When I realized this, I made a change.
This was a turning point in my life when the age-old saying “You cannot truly love anyone if you are unable to love yourself first” suddenly made vivid sense to me. And I also flipped it around on myself too: “Do not expect to receive any specific kind of love and care from someone else that you do not first give to yourself.”
But a question remained in my mind: How?
How can I begin to love and care for myself more? How can I gradually and consistently build more self-love and self-care into my life?
After lots of trial and error, and guidance from those wiser than me, I began two powerful rituals that gradually changed everything…
In the video clip below, recorded live at our first annual “Think Better, Live Better” conference, Marc and I tell personal stories about the life-changing effects of our unique positive affirmations and gratitude journaling rituals. Honestly, whenever someone mentions the fact that we’ve turned some pretty big lemons into lemonade over the years, we always point to these two rituals as the keys to our emotional growth and strength.
The Rituals that Changed Our Lives
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Please let us know…
What’s one thing you think about, or one thing you’re grateful for, that reinforces your emotional strength even when times are tough?
Anything else to share?
We would love to hear from YOU in the comments sections below.
And we would also love to see you at the next annual “Think Better, Live Better” conference in February of 2017.
PS: If you do decide to sign up to be notified when “Think Better, Live Better” 2017 tickets go on sale, you will be automatically qualified for both discounted Standard tickets and discounted VIP tickets. Note: you can watch another short clip from our 2016 event here.