Self-Awareness Rocks!

So I have a confession to make – I LOVE self-assessments! Whether it is to test my personality, learning style, favorite color meaning, conflict type, strengths indicator, or even a numerology calculator – I love to learn about myself! I am not sure if my interest (sometimes obsession) came from all that time I spent working in HR or if I was always intrigued by a simple set of questions being able to describe me so well. Whatever the reason, I was reminded recently that self-awareness is very important.

Last week, I participated in a Celebration Challenge (remember I love those challenges too!) to celebrate what I love about ME. I realized it has taken me a long time to be able to recognize these attributes but also to celebrate them positively. It was a great reminder that we are who we are. There is of course always room to learn, grow and be a little better of a person, but being ME is good enough awesome!

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I also celebrated my daughter’s 18th birthday last week – she is now considered a legal adult – yikes! Since this milestone I have found myself in a bit of a panic thinking “Oh no, did I teach her everything she needs to know to be an adult!?” Of course, I must have missed a teaching moment somewhere over the last 18 years, but I do feel more confident that I didn’t completely screw up — because I taught her self-awareness. Yes, she has completed her fair share of self-assessment too! When you get to know and celebrate yourself, there isn’t a need to listen to others’ opinions of who you are or who they think you should be. She knows and accepts herself and just as importantly, she accepts others for who they are. She still has some learning to do, but I think she is off to a great start! <insert pat on back>

So what have we learned?!

  • We are all awesome just being ourselves
  • Try to learn as much as you can about yourself
  • It is okay to be obsessed with self assessments

How do you become more self aware?
Do you use any cool assessment tools?

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Mind Over Matter

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

I have been on a challenge kick lately. Last month I signed up for a 35-day Jazzercise Challenge AND Propelle’s 21-day Affirmation for Success Challenge. It seems I am on the search for even more challenges too because last week I jumped into Propelle’s 7-day Visibility Challenge and I am patiently (sort of) waiting for the summer challenge to begin at Jazzercise!

It amazes me at how effective and addictive these challenges are for me. I think it is a mix of my need to succeed once I commit and feeling a need to not “let down” the other participants and challenge hosts. So I basically feel accountable to myself and anyone else who knows I made the commitment.

Of course, that is the point – to stay committed and form a habit from the challenge. Long ago in my cubicle job, I participated in a Franklin Covey training course pertaining to time management and forming habits. I learned that it takes a person 21 days to make or break a habit. So all those arbitrary number of day challenges aren’t so random after all – there is actual science behind it.

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Summary of my Affirmations for Success Challenge

Either way, the coolest part about these challenges is how fun and easy it was to succeed. The pessimist in the back of my mind may have started to say “I never could do that…” but when I really thought about it – what was the worst thing that could happen?! The risk was super low and the reward was high!

I finished my challenges feeling pretty darn good, physically and mentally. I gained some muscle, lost some winter weight and received a new workout shirt. Instagram isn’t so mysterious to me anymore, plus I have a more positive mindset on my success. Best of all, I am still hooked on attending Jazzercise classes as much as possible and I have been brainstorming ways I can use Instagram and other social media for my business success.

It really is about Mind over Matter – you just need to let the positive voices in your mind do the talking. To continue these habits does take some reminders so I posted a summary of my Success Affirmations at my desk and I started to schedule my Jazzercise classes on all my calendars (digital and paper) to infuse it into my days.

How do you practice Mind over Matter?
Are there any challenges that have worked for you?
What have you learned from those challenges?
Why not try a new challenge out? Let me know how it goes!

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