Daily Archives: September 13, 2011

Dedication to Yourself

Your dedication to your work could make you feel reliable and responsible. Being able to focus intently on your tasks might give you a sense of accomplishment that could generate greater self-confidence in yourself and what you do. Even though it is important to be proud of what you can achieve, perhaps you may want to reflect on who you are as a person rather than see yourself through the lens of the role you play at work. During the day, should you begin to feel that your work defines you, you can take a few minutes to look more deeply within and ask yourself who you would be if you weren’t working. Thinking about what characteristics you have that are truly special and unique to you might help you realize that your dependability is something that is innate within you and not dependent on what you complete at work.

Learning to separate ourselves from our work gives us a healthier perspective of who we are. Since we spend so much time at work, much of our sense of self and self-worth can become wrapped up in our work-related goals and successes. The danger of this lies in linking who we are to what we do, since if we were to receive harsh words or criticism for our hard work, we could easily become devastated. By seeing your special qualities as being part of you and not part of your job today, you will have greater confidence in yourself and be devoted to the most important person….you.

Tranquil Places

You could feel uncomfortable with your personal environment, which may make you feel unsettled and ill at ease today. Perhaps you might feel that the world around you is closing in on you and your ability to feel relaxed is stifled. Should you begin to feel this way, you may want to try a visualization exercise to alleviate your feelings of discomfort. With eyes closed and paying attention to your breath, you can create a mental picture of the space surrounding you. Maybe it is at the beach with waves gently crashing against the shore. As you imagine this place, you can let your breath fill it with calm, soothing energy. With each breath, the environment around you becomes cooler and quiet. You may notice that doing this exercise helps you feel more relaxed and secure.

Visualizing a place where we feel calm and at peace allows us to create an overall sense of serenity and well-being. Feeling discomfort with our immediate environment can be natural, particularly when we have excessive stress in our lives. Imagining a place of tranquility, however, helps to quiet our minds and put them at ease. When our minds are still and our breath is steady, the space we hold around us expands. By breathing healing energy into this space today, you will have the means to accept your life as it is and will notice that it becomes easier to be present in your environment.