Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Where's Your Gold?

Another Olympic Games spectacular has begun.

Now global attention is focused on Vancouver and the highly skilled performances of elite athletes, who strive for a shared and elusive goal--an Olympic gold medal.

Whether you're an elite performer or never participate in a sport at any level, there is gold in your life!

This gold is not as obvious as a medal, and may sometimes seem even more elusive. You don't have to do anything to deserve it. There's no competition for this gold. You simply need to make your claim.

This precious treasure is the "inner gold" of pure self-acceptance.

How important is this treasure?

The threats to a positive attitude about yourself (self-regard) begin at an early age and continue throughout your life. These influences typically originate from a wide variety of people, places, and conditions such as family, school, religion, friends, the media, and more.

Although these sources may not be malicious, any long-term negative conditioning powerfully impacts your self-regard. As a result, many health care and education professionals believe that low self-esteem represents an epidemic problem in contemporary society.

In this way, your experiences in life can conceal the treasure of unconditional self-acceptance that is your birthright.

To reclaim your gold, start with this self-acceptance exercise:
  • Take some time and space just for you.
  • Relax. Let this be a fun activity to support your feeling great about you.
  • As completely as possible, answer the following questions. You may want to keep this for later use, so record your responses in a way that works easily for you.
The questions:
  1. What are your strengths, skills, talents, gifts, distinctive competencies, qualities, or other positive characteristics?
  2. What do you feel passionate or enthusiastic about in your life?
  3. List three to five people (i.e., living or dead, fictional or non-fictional) who have inspired you. What about them inspires you?
To help you have ease and fun in the process, consider these hints:
  • This is no time to be "humble" or reluctant to admit your positive characteristics.
  • If you have any difficulty with your answers, you might ask a close friend for support. Or, imagine that friend answering for you.
  • None of your responses needs to be extraordinary or on an "elite" level. Your aim is to note what you've recognized, passively known, or probably ignored about yourself. Then, you fully accept or positively regard what has been revealed.
  • Your positive qualities can be "in process." That is, they don't need to be perfected or completely developed. For example, you can list "I am kind," even though you know you could be kinder.
  • After you're finished, read through your lists, and add anything you might have overlooked. You can do this any time.
Your responses reflect your uniqueness.

Only you possess this expression of characteristics, passions, and inspirations. So fully take them on as yours. If someone compliments you on one of these personal qualities, extend your hearty "Thanks!"

Whenever you wish, read some or all of your responses aloud as a proud declaration of your gold!

Let your Light shine!

Love and Peace,
Dave

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