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Life Makeover for the Year 2008

Week 44 – Trust in You: A self-confidence booster

November 3, 2008

Greetings!

Well, we’ve finally arrived at the presidential elections here in the United States after a long campaign cycle. Michael and I voted last week and were told that the number of both new and early voters were unprecedented. This is an important opportunity to let your voice be heard. Please cast your vote on Tuesday!

We had a thought-provoking call with Gail Straub, author of Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine. Her book is a must-read for any woman who’s lost her mom, and it’s a great teaching story about the importance of balancing our inner and outer lives. You can download the MP3 file (or listen right on your computer), by visiting here. Thanks Gail!

I’m excited to be teaching a workshop with my friend and colleague, Gregg Braden, called: The Science of Miracles and the Power of Grace, during a cruise to Alaska next July. For more info on this program and the complete “I Can Do It” cruise, visit here.

Have a wonderful week…

Love,
Cheryl

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Topic of the Week:

Trust in You

“It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes
the challenge and does something about it.”
— Vince Lombardi

During stressful times, one of the things that sees us through is self-confidence – confidence in our ability to do whatever it takes to weather a storm; trust in ourselves enough to know that we’ll take the necessary actions that will honor our self-care; and courage to do the tough stuff even when everything inside us wants to run and hide.

More than a year ago, I wrote about watching a series on “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” called “American Dream” where the host interviewed successful people who had experienced both significant success and failure. One gentleman, a businessman who made billions only to lose it all before creating success again, had a great idea that’s worth repeating, especially during this period of uncertainty. He explained that the thing that got him through his toughest times was an “accomplishments list” he kept with him in his briefcase at all times. He explained, “Most of us spend a great deal of time thinking about how we’ve failed or what we don’t have, and not enough time on what we’ve done right or on the success we’ve created. I use this list to remind myself of what I’ve done well — especially during the difficult times.”

As I listened to him talk about this idea, I thought about how valuable a tool this would be for anyone who needed a boost of confidence or a reminder of their potential. Think about it. When’s the last time you sat down and looked at your life through the lens of success? If I asked you to list ten accomplishments right this minute, could you? If that question causes your mind to immediately go blank, then I invite you to make your own list this week. Here are some examples of the kinds of accomplishments you might include:

I raised healthy and good kids
I enjoy a successful marriage
I completed my college degree
I landed a job in a field that I love
I created my first garden
I started my own business
I wrote a book, a poem, or a song
I bought my first car or home
I made a difference in someone’s life

Get the idea? Okay, let’s stop for a moment and do something good for yourself. Open up a new file on your computer right now and take a few minutes to do your own list. Challenge yourself to come up with at least 15 examples, large or small. Think of this exercise as securing a great insurance policy that may just pull you out of an emotional fire when you need it most — and it may also help you to make a wise decision to stay in the game when you’re tempted to jump ship.

Once you’ve made your list, print it out and keep it somewhere safe and handy. Read through it at least once a day this week and smile as you do. In spite of what challenge, failure, disappointment, or hardship you may be facing right now, deep inside is a smart, wise, committed, and hard-working soul who has a track record of success :). Yup — that’s you!

 

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Life Makeover For The Year 2008 (sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. If you have any questions or comments, or for reprint permission of this newsletter, please email: cheryl@cherylrichardson.com.  Copyright 1999-2008. Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950. All rights reserved.