De­vel­op­ing Faith-in-My­self Mus­cle!

The Miracle - - Women -

WShab­nam Khan – Fam­ily Coun­sel­lor hen a storm roars through the for­est, blast­ing every­thing in it’s path, it’s the tree that’s deeply rooted in the earth that doesn’t fall over. For peo­ple, it’s the bounce back mus­cle that grounds them and gives them the strength to stay stand­ing when the wind of fear, anger or de­spair threaten to knock them down. When the Faith-in-My­self mus­cle is strong, your self-es­teem is high. You be­lieve in your­self. You’re kind to your­self. Your self-talk supports you and helps you to achieve your goals. You move for­ward even when you face ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges. When you don’t have faith in your­self, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to suc­ceed or to be happy. Even when things are go­ing well, you don’t feel you de­serve your good for­tune. You are car­ried away by neg­a­tive chat­ter in your mind, and it even­tu­ally pulls you down. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have a con­ver­sa­tion go­ing on in your head. With­out even mov­ing your lips, you tell your­self that you look beau­ti­ful or you don’t, you did a great job or you made some mis­takes. We all talk to our­selves and are deeply af­fected by what we say. Our lives are just a liv­ing, breath­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing on in­side our heads. To build your Faith-in-My­self mus­cle, you have to first be­come aware of your in­ner con­ver­sa­tions. Do you talk to your­self the way a lov­ing friend would? Or are you hard on your­self – crit­i­cal, im­pa­tient, and even ver­bally abu­sive? With­out aware­ness, you can’t change. Once you’re aware of your self-talk, you can then learn how to stop the neg­a­tive chat­ter when­ever it rears its de­struc­tive head. In­stead of beat­ing your­self, you will love your­self! For any in­quiries please email at shab­nam@skcoun­selling.ca

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