We all need to talk ourselves up, since we often spend most of the time talking ourselves down.
But we don’t do we? We allow ourselves a moment of satisfaction when something succeeds, we might give ourselves a sideways approving glance when we are dressed up to go somewhere special, or we might even give ourselves a secret high-five when someone else says we’ve done something good.
If you are like me, as I much as I believe in the positive power of making affirmations, I find it very icky to stand in front of a mirror and tell myself that I’m beautiful, lovable, kind, successful. So I don’t do it. I consider myself doing well when I don’t stand in front of the mirror and tell myself that I’ve failed, that I’m looking old, that I’m being selfish or when I don’t simply notice those wrinkles and the odd stray hair sprouting on my chin – where the hell did they come from?
As much as I believe in self-reliance and cultivating inner confidence, the best I can manage most days is to try to turn down the volume on my inner critic.
So I’m grateful for my partner (when he props me up) and my family, friends, and any other coaches in my corner for their words of encouragement. Sometimes I manage not to squirm in their praise. Mostly I try to tell myself I don’t need recognition, because it can be pretty hard to come by (particularly at work).
It’s getting towards the end of the year – we’re all busy, we’re all tired and most likely we’re all feeling a bit flat.
So I want to be a coach in your corner for this little Pep Talk video.
It’s one minute of me telling YOU what you need to hear, what we all need to hear but what we are likely not telling ourselves (or not often enough).
So listen (to my sexy, husky voice from a damn summer (or spring actually) cold) and allow yourself to really hear how good you are. Because I’m telling you, you are!
I might make more of these pep talks, with different points of encouragement and maybe a bit of a rev-up (when maybe you need a rev-up). Do you need a pep talk/rev up?
Linking up with the lovely Grace for FYBF and joining in for the Weekend Rewind with Bron, Sonia, Kelly and Sonia. Planning some nice weekend (and next week) reading of blogs, magazines and books on holidays (sorry)!