Notes To My Younger Self

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At times, you will need to give your internal critic a second job—body guard. When trying something new, whether it be a new career, a new relationship, a new sport, a new way of thinking, new boundaries, new way of eating, dressing, even a new hairdo, ask your critic to be compassionate and kind while you stumble through the awkwardness and uncertainty you will feel when attempting to shift outside your comfort zone. Require your bodyguard to support you in the same way you would support a toddler learning to walk. Would you ever rush a baby to hurry up and get after it? Pressure that precious being to walk perfectly on those new legs for the first time? Harshly critique those magnificent steps after the fact? I doubt it! You would likely encourage the young toddler with kindness and compassion, hanging back just far enough to give them room to try on their own, within reach, though, to be a safety net in case the attempts go sideways requiring back up. Insist your internal critic—turned bodyguard—treat you in the same way. Like a brave being who is going out on a limb to take risks and move forward.

E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge

“If I put a small value on myself, I can rest assured the world won’t raise my price?” ~Unknown

Be patient, whatever it is, you can do it.

aka The Glamorous Wife

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