In Al-Anon we learn to focus on ourselves. We learn that taking care of ourselves in not a selfish act in a negative way. That taking care of ourselves means we can become better and help others differently than the way we were taking care of others before Al-Anon.
I talk a lot about self-esteem in this blog. Self-esteem is about you feeling good about you. Or said another way, "I like myself, I truly like myself." Now try and say that 10 times a day before going off to work!
Say it! Repeat it in the shower! "I like myself. I like myself. I truly like myself!" This may feel uncomfortable at first. But after a while you will find that this really feels good. Say it in front of a mirror in the morning and you can't help but smile.
This little "trick" or "tool" really does work, by the way. Keep it simple as Al-Anon literature says. And this is really simple.
Let's get back to self-esteem and it's definition. I think you'll find these next section interesting, because it will provide insight into us and how we think or at least remind us, how we can think differently, if not better when we go forth into our day.
Our Problems What if I told you, that, almost all our problems are a result, directly or indirectly of how "YOU feel about your SELF?"
It has been proven that you can never feel better than your own self-esteem. This means how you feel about yourself in relation to others, is based upon your level of self-acceptance. Here are a couple of thoughts around problems in our self-esteem;
You hang around the people you feel worthy of hanging around.
You do things for yourself less, when you don't feel good about yourself.
You tend to replay negative events in your mind AFTER they already occurred if you are not feeling good about yourself.
You tend to replay events negatively BEFORE they occur if you are not feeling good about yourself.
You tend to put others feeling first, before or even at the sacrafice of your own needs.
You tend to think how are other people going to react today or what are they going to think about this or that or you and them.
Interesting couple of bullet points. I am sure we can all relate to these. And I am sure there are some that are not there that may be playing in your head today or even right now.
But what if you just eliminated these thoughts? That's right. ELIMINATE them right now.
If you did, would your day be a little more peaceful? A little more calm?
Well, let's start with the, "I like myself" mantra this morning, and in fact, this mantra every day. Emile Coue - a French psychologist curing tuberculosis patients had his patients say, "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." He had all his patients say this over and over. Now I am not sure if he had them chant in unison or not (that was a little joke), but his patients got well faster than the other groups of patients.
So, if this worked for his patients, why not try "I like myself?" What have we got to lose? A few words spoken. Say it out loud with enthusiasm and you will gain a major impact. You may not want to say this in the elevator on the way to work this today. Or you may, because it might be interesting and entertaining to watch the reactions of others!
And let's start ELIMINATING the negative thoughts we have - starting with those in the bullet points above.