Have you ever stopped to think about how much time and money you spend on your outward appearance? From personal care products, skin care, make-up to the different sets of wardrobes you need to meet societies expectations; work clothes, casual clothes, church clothes…
Take a moment to reflect on the importance of the external rituals of your everyday routines. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to stop taking a shower and go all natural with your look. Instead, I’m suggesting that you take a peek at your heart and examine what makes you who you are on the “inside.”
I wonder how often you focus on your “good” qualities. When someone asks you to list your strengths and weaknesses, is it usually a lot easier to come up with the negative list? I remember reading Jon Kabit-Zinn’s book years ago, Whereever You Go, There You Are. What a profound title with such a simple truth. You see, how you perceive yourself isn’t necessarily how others perceive you.
On the outside you may appear like you really have it all together while on the inside you really feel empty and lost. Making changes to your outward appearance doesn’t necessarily have a long-term impact on how you feel about yourself on the inside. The good news is you do have the power and a choice to make internal changes that will leave you feeling as good on the inside as you look on the outside.
Changing the manner in which you talk to yourself (self-talk), associating with positive people and reading books that promote personal growth are great starting points in helping you to increase your self-esteem. Having positive self-esteem means that you value your worth and as a result the quality of your life increases. I can’t think of a better investment.
BIO: Melissa Eckroth is a Masters level counselor and offers individual and couples counseling in a comfortable and confidential setting in Richland Township. She has over 15 years of combined experience in the education and business field. Melissa successfully integrates her counseling knowledge with life experience to empower individuals to reach their full potential and increase their quality of life. Contact her today at 814-201-9171 to begin making positive changes in your life.