Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
A: Practice, Practice Practice
Everyone knows the only way to get really good at something is to practice.
So, how often do you practice Self-Love?
Self-Love is more than just taking care of our basic needs. Self-Love is how we think about ourselves, what we believe to be true about ourselves, how we treat ourselves and how we teach others to treat us.
Every week I talk with women around the world and when I ask the question, "what are you doing to practice Self-Love?" the answer is usually full of excuses about how they don't have time, feel guilty or just don't know how.
Basically, we create daily habits about how we treat ourselves because after all, a habit is simply something you practice over and over until it becomes habitual. In other words, once something becomes a habit, we do it over and over without even thinking about it. We go through our day working from our subconscious (unconsciously).
Women are natural born nurtures and it's often common practice for us to put the needs of others before our own needs. Women caring for children, being a caregiver to a spouse or parent, having heavy career demands, doing the work of 8 people at your job, and running your own business will seldom practice Self-Love because they believe they are being a loving person by putting others first. In other words, they are practicing self abuse.
When a woman is empowered, joyful, happy, content, feeling valued, feeling heard and understood, and believes that she is living a purposeful life she is able to feel all of these things because she is practicing Self-Love by putting her needs above the needs of others. This is not being selfish, this is being self-preserving.
Think about this quote, "The love I give to you is second hand because I feel it first!" Stop and think for a moment of all the things you do for others and ask yourself if you are honestly giving equal portions to yourself. If the answer is, "no" how can you start, right this very moment to begin giving yourself equal time, equal love, and equal energy?
Reciprocity is very important if you are going to live a Self-Love centered life. If you are in the habit of constantly giving to others, putting yourself last, and placing more importance on the needs and wants of others you are not practicing Self-Love.
The more time a woman practices Self-Love, the less time there is to practice self abuse. What we think about, we bring about. Just imagine what we have the power to manifest into our lives when we are constantly thinking about practicing Self-Love!
Start today, make a choice to never waste another moment putting yourself last!
Nancy Mueller ~ Encouraging women to improve their health, value their "self" and increase their wealth to live an empowered life!
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