When I Started Loving Myself

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(A poem written by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959.)

When I started loving myself, I’ve understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity in the right place at the right time. And I’ve understood that all that happens is right – from then on I could be calm. Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started loving myself, I could recognize that emotional pain and grief are just warnings for me to live against my own truth. Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself, I have stopped longing for another life and could see that everything around me was a request to grow. Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself, I’ve stopped depriving myself of my free time and I’ve stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future. Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me, what I love and what makes my heart laugh, in my own way and in my tempo. Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself, I’ve escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me, from dishes, people, things, situations and from everything pulling me down and away from myself. In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”, but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself, I’ve stopped wanting to be always right thus I’ve been less wrong. Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself, I’ve refused to live further in the past and to worry about my future. Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place, like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself, I recognized, that my thinking can make me miserable and sick. When I though requested for my heart forces, my mind got an important partner. I call this connection today HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions, conflicts and problems with ourselves and others since even stars sometimes bang on each other and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS THIS LIFE!

WOOPA – The Road to Success

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Spending a lot of time thinking about hopes and dreams may make one less likely to put in the work required to actually achieve those dreams.  WOOP describes how to climb to a place called success.  Here’s how:

Wish: First, define your goal. “Think about a wish that is dear to you,” Oettingen said. “What is it you really want? This could be a big, New Year’s–resolution-type ambition, like running a marathon or losing a certain amount of weight, but it doesn’t have to be. “I do it every morning for the next day,” Oettingen said on the podcast. Your wish doesn’t have to be huge; it just has to be real, something you truly want.

Outcome: Here’s where a little bit of positive thinking sneaks back in. Keeping your goal in mind, ask yourself: If this wish of mine is fulfilled, what is the best possible outcome? “Very often, it is a feeling,” Oettingen said. “You define that outcome, and you imagine that outcome. And once you’ve imagined the outcome, really immerse yourself in these daydreams.”

Obstacles: The previous step tends to be where people naturally stop — daydreaming feels pretty nice, after all — but Oettingen isn’t done yet. After you’ve let yourself fantasize for a little while about what it will feel like when your goal is accomplished, bring your mind back down to reality. “Then you say, What is it in me that holds me back from experiencing that wish, that outcome? ” Oettingen said. “Very often it’s an emotion, it’s those same old habits. … And you imagine that obstacle.”

Plan: “Once you’ve imagined that obstacle,” Oettingen said, “you’ll understand what you need to do to overcome it.” Come up with an if/then plan — if this obstacle pops up, thenyou’ll do X to get around it and keep going after your goal.

Read full article here.

After reading the full article, I think I need to add an “A” to complete the loop and make it WOOPA. 

A is for Action for without it, nothing happens. 🙂