I have gone into my daily practices a lot recently. With an overview about how I am going to be Intentional this year and in depth posts on the 30 + 10 practice and cleaning up my incompletes and irritants, I thought I would complete my routine by chatting a little more about my last practice of the day, the mirror exercise.
Notable author and motivational speaker, Jack Canfield introduced me to the mirror exercise. It's simple to do: At the end of the day, look at yourself in the mirror (really, look into your eyes - don't look for pimples or eyebrow hairs that need to be plucked). Look at yourself as you would look at a friend who was talking to you.
Then, once you have your own attention, go through your day and tell yourself everything that you're proud of and everything that you appreciate about your thoughts, actions, or efforts that day. Focus on what you did right. Focus on what you tried to do. Appreciate yourself for your hard work. Appreciate yourself for doing difficult things. Appreciate yourself for trying something new. Congratulate yourself for some wins! Be excited with yourself about what you're accomplishing!
Jack recommends that you do this for at least three months to see the effects before you decide to can the practice. I agree with him, because the effects are marginal at first and it takes a few nights to get over the awkwardness of talking to yourself in the mirror. However, over time, you will notice that the dialogue in your head is different. Instead of continually criticizing yourself, you will hear encouragement and positivity in your mind.
This practice transforms your negative self talk into positive self talk.
Imagine going through your day with encouraging and empowering thoughts running through your head on repeat instead of the thoughts that are often filled with doubt and skepticism. How would that change how you approach your work? How would that change what you attempt to accomplish? How would that change your life?
Try this and let me know how it goes! There's nothing to lose and a lot to gain, my friend.