Building Self Worth! 10 Empowerment Journal Exercises from the Queen of Plus-Size Fiction
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A JOY, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows…still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” — Rumi
Because You’re Worth It! 10 Exercises To Help You Believe That
By Michelle Cuttino, Author of “Love and Happiness“
I strutted into 2015 with an assurance I never had before. I felt it was my time to shine, and make good on the family and career promises I made to myself. I was going to put my best foot forward, and show the world who I was and what I had to offer. While I knew what I had to offer, I wasn’t sure who I was.
Knowing many others shared my plight, I invited them to join me on a journey of self-discovery. I created a weekly journal entitled Worth The Weight Wednesdays.
Here are ten exercises to help you with building self worth:
1. Find Three Good Things Daily.
Every night, try to remember three good things from your day, and write down why each of them was important to you. This exercise will ultimately help you recognize and appreciate good things as they happen to you.
2. The Talents That I Have Are…
This exercise reveals your priorities, and what you want out of life. It also helps you focus on cultivating your talents to achieve it all.
3. The quality I like most about myself is ___, because…
This exercise helps you to identify your potential. Defining yourself positively is an essential aspect in your journey to self-discovery.
4. This week I will…
Make this list a weekly habit. Learn to focus on tasks, and accomplish them in order of importance.
5. Today I will celebrate my…
You are worth throwing a party or celebration for as an occasional external expression of self-appreciation.
6. If I had to describe myself as a color, I would choose…
Studies show your favorite color reveals character and personality traits.
7. Imagine you can become invisible whenever you want.
What are some of the things you would do? This exercise exposes what aspects of life you feel are most important.
8. The four things that are most important in my life are…
You may notice the four things most important in your life are interdependent, i.e., they are dependent on and influence one another. If you make improvements in one of these key areas, it will impact all of them.
9. It really puts me in a bad mood when…
Bad moods tend to influence how we interpret and adjust to the world around us. Bad moods can also dictate our behavior. Identifying your triggers helps maintain the peace.
10. Good friends are people who…
People tend to attract others into their lives whose character mirrors their own. Make sure the qualities you list are qualities you possess.
As the idiom goes, “you are worth your weight in gold.” Loosely translated it means you are extremely useful and valuable. To succeed in anything, you must have a love of self and a belief in your chosen path. Once you know your importance, you will be worth the weight.
About the Author
Michelle Cuttino serves as a freelance writer, book coach, motivational speaker, and talk radio host. She is a plus-size lifestyle blogger, and the author of “Love & Happiness” and the “Me & Mrs. Jones” eBook series which was an original screenplay adopted by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit production company.
In 2015 Michelle Cuttino will be a featured contributor in the erotica anthology under Zane’s Strebor/Simon & Schuster imprint. Cuttino’s mission is to publish content written by and geared towards the plus-size population. You can find her at MichelleCuttino.com.
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