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Finally! The Real Secret to Empowering Yourself

By Sandy Schroeder

If you often give yourself pep talks, you know they do not always work, but there may be a stronger approach you are missing.

Health.com says, “Understanding you are good enough, and knowing you will do your best counts.” That’s what it means to empower yourself. Instead of assuming you have to run to catch up, why not say, “OK, here we are so let’s do it!”

Seeing Your "Best Self"

This idea was ignited for a fitness class when their coach suggested picturing their “best self,” and inviting that person to take charge. Sometimes it is hard to see our own skills if we focus on a failure, but looking closer might be entirely different. 

The coach was reminding her class to love themselves. Instead of beating yourself up, give yourself a hug. Then start listing all of your accomplishments. When you get stuck in a negative situation, it’s all too easy to accept it. All of your suspicions have been confirmed, and none of them are good. But wait a minute!

Never Go with the Negative

Just taking time to talk with someone who knows you well, and knows what you are good at, could be a reminder of who you really are. You may not be strong on numbers; instead you know how to use words, and connect with people. Start with your key assets. Think about projects that you made happen that went on to win awards. Or consider work that you did that moved a department ahead when they were stuck. Those are the images to focus on every day.

Then when you step into your next meeting, or start a project, you will be on firm ground. Here are some more ways to love yourself.

Really see yourself – That’s what counts to get you up and out the door every morning, ready to do some good work.

Accept yourself – Over the years you may wage wars with calories, or struggle to be an early bird when you are really a confirmed night owl. At the end of the day you are more than that. You are that a strong, dedicated individual who accepts life as it is and makes it work.

Nobody has all of the answers – You may be grimly hanging on to Plan A, when Plan B is the one that’s going to work for you. It’s important to have goals, but being flexible to adapt as you go often determines the real winners.

I have watched many people evolve as life came rushing toward them, learning to work with the present and make the most of it. When you empower yourself that's possible.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

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