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The Other C Word – Commitment October 6, 2010

Posted by franciecooper in life coaching, life lessons, Uncategorized.
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Who or what are you committed to? Some of us commit ourselves to our partners, children, best friends, colleagues, extended families, neighbors, church, the environment, etc.

All of those are extremely important, and we’ll discuss them later this month. But first, I’d like to start with the most important commitment of all – yes, I know you’re way ahead of me – it’s your commitment to yourself.

Why is it we easily and readily show love & respect to everyone else by cheering them up when things look down, celebrating when life is good, or bolstering self-esteem when fear starts taking over? Yet, when it comes to doing these same things for ourselves, our commitment may not be so certain.

This week make that commitment to take care of yourself, as you would your best friend.  Try these three easy steps:

1.  Ask yourself questions.  Don’t you normally inquire about your friends’ feelings, thoughts and days? Turn that attention to yourself. Try asking yourself about what’s going on with your body, energy or spirit. How do you feel today? Why? How can you care for yourself? Do you need sleep, healthy food, interaction, exercise, comforting?

Journaling every day is an effective way to ask yourself these questions. Bothersome as some of you find it, putting your thoughts down in writing helps clarify your feelings and allows you to really pay attention to what may be rattling around in your head.

2. Feed your Soul. Make time in your schedule for things you love. Give priority to some passion in your life, so the days don’t flow by in an endless To Do list of shoulds and chores. Pay attention to the activities that bring a smile to your face and give you that overwhelming fabulous feeling of “This is life!” Make note of those life-affirming joys and then make time to do more of them.

3.  Live your Legacy. You make a difference every day. Decide what you want that difference to be. Think about the legacy you’d like to leave. How do you want to be remembered? What values do you want your life to reflect? Increase the actions that are aligned with that path. Decrease the actions that harm or distract. 

I know I’m asking a lot. Making a commitment to care for yourself requires thought, honesty, love and growth. I’m asking you to be completely in tune with how you feel, what you love and what you want from life. It takes a gutsy person to take on that challenge. But you know what? I know you can do it and you’re worth it!

– Francie Cooper

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