Self Appreciation 101

With the holidays upon us and in full swing, it is not uncommon to see newspaper articles or television programs reminding us about the importance of thinking about others or lending a hand to those in need.   Now I am in total agreement with that premise.  I have always said that the full measure of our personal happiness is dictated by how much we offer of ourselves in helping others.  My wish however would be that these same newspapers and television programs reminded us about that all year, not just during the holiday season.  So with that being said…please go do what you can to help others in any way that you are able to, it is the right thing to do and does make a difference.  But I also want you to be aware of helping someone else out during this holiday season…YOURSELF!
 
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes forget to remember and appreciate all of the wonderful things that make up who I am and what I am about…not to mention all of the blessings and joys that are in my life and continue to show themselves.  I know that I am not alone in this… 🙂  Each and everyone of you has amazing traits, characteristics and gifts that you have been given or developed!  Not to mention many many blessings that are in or a part of your life.  You know this don’t you?! 
 
For those of you who may have temporarily forgotten your greatness and the greatness that surrounds you, I invite you to do a fun and easy assignment.  Actually 6 fun and easy assignments.  Do them all at once or spread them out; your choice.  But be prepared to unwrap the greatest Christmas gift that you will have ever received…yourself!
 
OK, it’s simple…I want you to take a piece of paper for each category and I want you to list as many things as you can under each heading.   That’s it!  There is no wrong or right answer; get creative.  If you are having trouble email me and I will help.   All I ask is that you really stretch your mind and put down whatever comes to you.  You will be amazed at how much you have to be thankful for and how truly AMAZING you are.  
 
-EVERYDAY MIRACLES I TAKE FOR GRANTED
 
-THE UNCANNY POWERS I POSSESS
 
-THE SMALL JOYS THAT OCCUR SO ROUTINELY
I FORGET HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO ME
 
-THE STEADY FLOW OF BENEFITS BESTOWED ON ME BY PEOPLE I KNOW AND DON’T KNOW
 
-WHAT WORKS FOR ME
 
-WHAT MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME IN THE WORLD
 
Remember your love for yourself is the bedrock that your entire foundation stands upon.  When your foundation is strong, you can be anything and do anything that you put your mind to!  Including appreciating yourself…

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If you felt this exercise helpful, please don’t hesitate to forward to anyone you care about.  It might really make a difference in their lives!

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website - www.gbrianbenson.com

Categories balance, empowerment, happiness, inspiration, peace, personal growth, Self improvement1 Comment

One thought on “Self Appreciation 101”

  1. Hi
    Liked your exercise very much. I’ve been writing on my blog about how it’s important to keep a balance between the needs of others and your own during the holiday season and your post approached that from a different angle. Made me think 🙂
    If you think you might like it, I’ve also got a 30 second stress release post.
    Catherine
    Foresight

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