This Exercise Has The Power To Transform Your Life
GUEST POST BY DR GREG SCHREEUWER.
I have been on my personal development journey for about 6 years now and in that time, I have learnt various techniques, been to loads of seminars and read so many self help books, as I am sure many of you have. In all that time, I kept receiving a constant message but I wasn’t too sure what to do with it so I kind of overlooked it. The message was: learn to love and appreciate who you are in order to have success in your life. This message has been filtering in and out of my life, probably for a lot longer than these 6 years, but I only truly decided to do something about it, very recently, thanks to my interesting experience with the joys and thrills of immigration and all the associated red tape.
So, I am going to share with you some of the steps you could take, to help you transform the life you have right now into a life where you’re the director. As you are probably aware, achieving what you want for your life is not a piece of cake. It has its challenges and requires a serious amount of commitment. But then again, why wouldn’t you want to commit to having a life where you’re in control of it?
Before we begin, I would suggest you grab a post it note or a piece of paper that you can see every day of your life and write down the following: “Appreciate and value who you are”. Put this note in a place that you will never miss seeing it. If you want, you can set a reminder on your phone that will pop up every day. That’s what I’ve done.
In order to have the success you would like in your life, there is something very important to do. This step can be done on a continuous basis. It will help you to learn to appreciate and value who you are and your unique contribution to the world, as well as increase your feeling of worthiness.
Most of us are walking around with huge amounts of guilt and shame that we’ve stored up over our lifetime. This guilt and shame will diminish our self esteem and our belief in ourselves. The reason being is because we’re subconsciously beating ourselves up for all the things we perceive we’ve done wrong to people in our past. What we aren’t fully aware of is that there are always an equal amount of benefits to drawbacks when it comes to the actions we’ve taken. The universe is never one sided. It’s our conscious mind that creates this duality.
So for this step, probably the most important step you will ever take, grab a piece of paper or your computer or your tablet or whatever you want to use to write the following:
Go back into your past and even to your present and write down every single moment, that you can remember, when you felt or feel you did something mean, bad or terrible to one person or many people, that you might still be feeling guilt and shame about.
You may have 4, 10, 20, 30 or more memories that you can write down. For every memory that you’ve written down, write down 25-30 ways that it served you and 25-30 ways that it served the person or people involved in that memory. If 30 is not enough to dissolve your guilt or shame, keep going until you feel grateful to yourself that you assisted them.
This may take some time to complete so be patient with yourself. If you can see that you’ve provided a service to other people, you will start to value and appreciate the contributions you’ve made over your lifetime, and are continuing to make. You will start to increase your feeling of worthiness.
There are so many important steps that I could recommend to help you transform your life but there’s not enough space to continue writing it all down. What I will leave you with is another small exercise you can do that will assist you to own more of who you are. The more you own your own life, the quicker you can transform the challenges you’re faced with.
If you’re faced with a challenge in your life, break the challenge down into things that irritate or frustrate you. For example, if you’re having issues with your partner, what exactly is bugging you about him/her? Are they being pushy or aloof or lazy? When you’ve identified what those might be, write down when, where and who saw you do the same thing. It may be in a slightly different form, but it’s there – believe me! There could be one person or many people that saw you. They could even be strangers or people walking past at the time. Write down 20-50 initials until you own what you see in your challenges/challengers.
Reflection is so important. People, events, government organisations and more will constantly reflect back to us, the parts of ourselves that we are disowning. When we disown these parts, we’re not whole and centered and therefore do not value and appreciate who we are. Transforming your life means owning it all.
If you’d like to take it a step further, write 20-50 ways that your challenges/challengers are serving you by being the way they are. Be grateful for their service to you and see how they are helping you live the life you’d love to have.
These are some simple, yet equally challenging, exercises that I would recommend you do as often as possible. The more you do them, the more you’ll start to see your life transform into a life of gratitude and inspiration.
How did you go with these exercises? Any a-ha moments?
Author bio: Dr. Greg Schreeuwer practiced as a chiropractor in Sydney, Australia for 5 years. He is now a non-practicing chiropractor and resides in Toronto, Canada. During his career, he received training in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Principles, Reiki, N.A.E.T., N.E.T. and N.C.R. In 2011, he also attended several of Dr. John F. Demartini’s programs on human behavior.
Today he dedicates himself to the growth of his company and vision called Be Who You Wanna Be International (BWYWB), which is a unique online social networking platform and educational resource for children. BWYWB’s mission is to assist children to be recognised for who they are, by empowering and inspiring them to fulfill their dreams.
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