We live in a culture that likes to focus on comparisons and pointing out what’s not good (e.g., too fat, too tired, too slow, too old, too this, too that). Comparing ourselves to others in this way and focusing on what’s wrong with us leads us down the rabbit hole of low self-esteem, depression and more. Learning a few simple tips can help you become more mindful of these tendencies and can help you shift them so you stay out of the rabbit hole – allowing you to move in the right direction.
Here are 3 simple steps to help you get moving in the right direction.
- Make a list of the TV shows, movies, magazines, Internet sites and other media you watch and read. Next to each item write how it makes you feel. Do you feel happy after you watch the 6 o’clock news? Do you feel empowered after spending time on Facebook? If the media you’re engaging with doesn’t leave you with a positive emotion, this is good information. You can choose to continue with these habits knowing that you probably won’t feel great or you can choose to engage with things and people that leave you feeling more uplifted.
- Give yourself permission to do things that make you feel good. This might sound obvious, but it’s amazing how many of us continue to do things even though they don’t make us feel good.
- Embrace forgiveness. Holding onto grudges is a sure-fire way to keep us stuck. Forgiveness is a green light to get you moving in a positive direction.
Getting yourself moving in the right direction doesn’t need to be hard or take a long time. It can be simple. I encourage you to follow these three tips and see what happens. Leave a comment below and let me know which of these tips is your favorite and why.
If you liked this blog, please share it.