What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
Today is the last day of April and the time to build your inner foundation for the month of May.
Your inner foundation or sense of self refers to your perception of the collection of characteristics that define you.
Your motivating traits, abilities, likes and dislikes, your belief system or moral code, and the things that motivate you.
These all contribute to self-image or your unique identity as a person.
People who can easily describe these aspects of their identity typically have a fairly strong sense of who they are.
Struggling to name more than a few of these characteristics might point to a less defined sense of self.
You may not spend much time consciously thinking about your identity, but it still affects your life.
Knowing who you are allows you to live with purpose and develop satisfying relationships, both of which can contribute to overall good emotional health.
Are you Interested in exploring the benefits of a well-defined sense of self?
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion, confidence, connection, transitioning, motivation, preparation, coping, laughter, empowerment, limitations, gratitude, circumstance, universe, humor, change, unknown, freedom, victory, and foundation.
Today the word is building.
Why it is so important to build one’s sense of self?
Some people can make it far in life without giving their identity too much thought.
So, you might wonder, does a strong sense of self really make a difference?
It absolutely does.
Your self-image can also fuel recognition of your own worth.
You are not perfect.
But you still have great value.
Self-knowledge makes it easier to accept your entire self, both the traits you are proud of and those you would like to build on.
If you do feel dissatisfied with certain aspects of yourself, you will have an easier time addressing those areas when you have a strong sense of your nature and abilities.
Lacking a clearly defined sense of self, on the other hand, often makes it tough to know exactly what you want in building a foundation.
If you feel uncertain when it comes time to make important choices, you may end up struggling to make any choice at all.
As a result, you might simply drift through life, carried by other people and circumstances rather than your own momentum.
This often leads to discontent, even when nothing specific seems wrong and you cannot identify the source of your unhappiness.
So, where does your sense of self fall on the spectrum?
Perhaps you have noticed a pattern of making choices based on what you think other people want from you.
Or maybe you do not have many ambitions or deep-seated passions and simply feel content to go with the flow.
Are you the one that says yes to make others happy?
It is fine to accommodate others sometimes, but if you always agree with what others want, you likely are not living for yourself.
So, it is time to start building!
Defining yourself mostly by relationships with others or your ability to please your loved ones can suggest a less-developed sense of self.
Sense of self depends on not only recognizing your strengths but also believing in your capabilities to use them to achieve your goals.
Ask yourself, who am I, really?
You might be wondering, perhaps with some distress.
It might reassure you to learn it is not terribly uncommon to have a somewhat blurred sense of self.
This does not mean you have done anything wrong or that you are destined to live out your life without a clear identity.
You can build on it!
So, let us explore ways of building a strong sense of self.
Values and personal beliefs are fundamental aspects of identity.
Your belief system can help you recognize what matters most to you and determine where you stand on important issues.
For example, a desire to eat healthier foods may lead you to choose organic products and make more informed choices about the foods you eat.
Your decisions should, for the most part, primarily benefit your health and well-being.
If you have a partner or children, you will also want to take their needs into account, though that should not involve neglecting yourself.
When you want to get to know someone, you spend time with them, right?
Following, then that getting to know yourself better will involve some quality time alone.
It might feel strange at first, but it is healthy to take some time apart from others, even your family or partner.
In other words, knowing who you could be is enough.
However, it is a very good start.
Failing to honor this sense of self could have a negative impact on your emotional health.
Once you have a more firmly defined sense of self, consider what you can do to align your life with your identity.
You might, for example, ask yourself what changes you can make in building your professional life or interactions with others.
Now, if you are like Dan and I, we are always rebuilding a new foundation of life.
RECAP OF THE WEEK
Do not give up! It is not over. The universe is balanced.
I am killing time while I wait for life to shower me with meaning and happiness.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.
The secret to happiness is freedom and the secret to freedom is courage.
To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation.
A spiritual foundation opens your eyes to the struggles of yourself and others.
Continuing as in the previous posts; 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
DETERMINATION CAN CREATE A LIFE of ease if we work hard and plan well.
To find your flow, it is important to find a balance between work and rest.
The elusive arrival of balance can create anxiety in our lives.
But if we are determined, work hard, and honor the blessings we are given, a sense of ease arrives.
Be thankful for the work you do, the abundance you have, and the life you are creating.
You are creating your destiny.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
Rewrite Your Story and Create a Better Future - Guided Meditation
Today is a new day, a fresh start to rewrite your story and create a better future.
Let go of any negative thoughts or self-doubt and instead focus on your goals and ambitions.
Believe in yourself, your abilities, and your potential.
You have the power to change your life and make a positive impact on those around you.
So, take a deep breath, let the morning sun fill you with energy and positivity, and let us start this day with purpose and determination.
Have a great day ahead!
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Until Monday, your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.
IT IS THE SUNDAY AND THE LAST DAY OF APRIL.
DAN AND I WISH YOU AN EXCITING NEW MONTH AHEAD.