January is your first month of the year to focus on what you want to achieve this year. Keep in mind you can’t be good to others until you have learned to be good to yourself.
In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., keep your dream alive by considering the following:
1. Do I take action to strengthen my body, mind, and spirit through paying attention to what foods, activities, and persons energize me?
2. Do I begin each day with me and my higher power?
3. Do I realize that it is best to go where I am celebrated and not tolerated because knowing the difference will lead me to my purpose?
4. Am I assertive when talking to others standing up for my feelings and also respecting their views?
5. Do I realize that understanding the views of others leads to creative problem-solving that creates a win –win for everyone involved?
6. Am I willing to step out of my comfort zone to move to the next level being mindful that I am building a bridge to the future for myself and those who will soon follow?
7. Have I realized that with personal growth comes loneliness and personal pain which leads me to my true character?
In conclusion, being good to yourself, before you can be good to others, may involve a lot of personal growth and pain; however, the good news is that it will lead you to a brighter life with mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
Most of us would like to think we are above average; however, the difference between “thinking” you are above average and “being” above average is the action you take first to invest in yourself and next your action to inspire others to do the same.
I challenge you this month to take action first to be good to yourself, to become your best friend, and automatically inspire others to do the same.
For additional questions and comments, contact Marcia Harris at 740-353-8056, Facebook.com or www.marciaharrislifeskills.com.
Have a great year of change.