Day 14: Taking the Struggle Out of Life – Ideas for Self-Appreciation

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I asked my coach, Lynn Ellis, to share some creative ideas for appreciating my strengths as an Enneagram 4.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Start your day with an affirmation – for example, “Let me explore today’s possibilities”.
  • Think of all the little things that bring you pleasure.
  • Make a list of all things you like about yourself.
  • Contemplate the idea of suffering. Is it noble in some way? What if you didn’t have to suffer on your way to feeling good?
  • Observe others’ behavior without making any interpretations. For example, when you observe someone frowning, instead of interpreting the behavior to mean he or she is frustrated, angry, or sad – just notice and accept that he or she has a frown on her face. You might even ask – what is causing you to frown?
  • Ground yourself every day by taking a walk and while you do, keep your mind completely clear; simply walk, being in the moment and noticing everything around you.
  • Try a new activity you’ve wanted to do but didn’t have the time or nerve to experience.

And these are some ideas that I had after reading Lynn’s

  • Make a list of things I’ve always wanted to do and do one of those activities every week.
  • Keep a running list of things that inspire me (which was one of the intentions behind this blog!)

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