In conducting parenting workshops on communication skills with our children, I emphasize the soulful and emotional aspects in raising our kids. Depositing into their little souls the ‘I can do’ attitude, encouraging the expression of their dreams (despite our thinking they might be unrealistic) and cultivating the seedling to sprout into its own unique species of a flower, is all so vital in raising children with a strong sense of self who are competent, confident and have a high EQ (emotional intelligence).
As we know, EQ can point to a happier and more satisfying life than IQ. But I’m not here to talk about EQ vs IQ.
In doing these workshops, it’s dawned on me that if we as children didn’t get all this good emotional input, how can we develop it and give it to ourselves as adults? And yes, I’m taking the leap to say, we Can still attain it. We are not a prisoner of our past.
If our dreams were crushed or squelched, we can bring them forth and work to carry them out.
We can feed ourselves positive messages.
We can start to believe in ourselves.
We can take pride in our efforts and accomplishments.
We can praise ourselves.
We can take small steps towards a goal and encourage ourselves each step of the way.
We can revel in our successes, however small they may be. They are the stepping stones to continue on towards further success.
We can respect our own struggles and give ourselves time and patience as we stumble along during a difficult time or situation.
We can allow ourselves our feelings – the ‘nasty’ feeling ones too.
We can develop an ‘I can’ attitude.
We can become risk-takers and engage in new endeavors.
We can learn new things as we continue to expand ourselves.
We can fill ourselves with gratitude and appreciation for all we are and have.
We can develop more compassion as we open our eyes to all that’s around us and work more in the service of others.
We can be our very own coach and friend.
We can take care of ourselves; nurture ourselves and feed ourselves positive statements of all that we want to do, become, and reach for.
There is so much out there to be utilized and engaged in; there is so much of ourselves that is under-utilized and under-maximized. Let’s bring the two together for an exciting journey.
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