“…and that’s when I get to wondering, what would happen if I told her she something good, ever day?” Abilene, the Southern nanny, wonders about the little girl she cares for in Kathryn Stockett‘s, The Help.
So everyday she tells the little girl, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” We may not have a nanny named Aibilene that tells us this everyday, but why can’t you be your own advocate? Your own self-esteem booster. Your own best friend.
Here’s the plan. I DARE YOU to try it this new year.
Find a mantra and believe it. Tell yourself everyday that you are kind, that you are smart, that you are important. Settle for nothing less.
You will need to do a few other exercises to enhance this. You owe it to you.
1. Get up 10 minutes earlier and WRITE down 3 things that you are grateful for. That you feel blessed about. FIND IT>
2. Before you go to bed at night, write down 3 things that were GOOD about the day. Big, small, whatever. Just find 3 positives.
3. Tell someone they are special to you. Ask a friend to lunch, make a visit to someone in need.
4. Take time for your self-to affirm your importance. One hour each week, just for you. Accept nothing less.
You may find yourself rolling into the next year with fresh perspectives and a stronger view of yourself within. It benefits everyone when they have a stronger, more confident you. What do you have to lose??
Here’s to a kinder, smarter, more important 2012.