Six easy-to-understand lessons for individuals or group facilitators to help individuals change their lives. There are many handouts with permission to photocopy.
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Creating a Better You is about becoming your own best friend, strengthening the foundation of your life
with healthy self-esteem and better relationships. You empower yourself by taking charge of the one thing you have control over in life, your inner self. Your beliefs and attitudes color all that happens to you. Why not play the hand you were dealt with more awareness? It begins with a decision to get to know yourself better and to take care of yourself on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. A well-nourished self is creative, energetic, enjoys life, has much to give, has rich, meaningful relationships, and is continually growing. This is the path on which this course will lead you.
We will spend a lot of time gathering information and implementing ideas to build a stronger foundation of healthy self-esteem in your life. To some of you this may be your first experience in a self-discovery course and getting to know yourself at a deeper level. To others it will be a reminder of what you already know and give you the opportunity to put into practice those things you know are good for you. Awareness levels will vary and it is very important to stop comparing yourself to others. You are encouraged to go at your own pace and participate at the level in which you are comfortable.
The lessons will stimulate many thoughts and feelings. Journal writing is an important key to getting more out of this course. If you do not journal write already, get a notebook and try it for the duration of this class. Even if you resist at first, stay with it for six weeks to test out whether or not it is a helpful tool for you.
Feel good about yourself, heal your relationships, and find spiritual meaning with this course.
Reflections on Myself (Begins the course.)
Read the following paragraph and notice the degree of truth for you. You may feel the statements are true, somewhat true, or false. If they are not true for you, begin the healing process by saying these affirmations often to yourself. This will repattern your inner belief structure over time to give you a different experience of life.
I am a valuable, worthwhile person. I deserve love, respect, good relationships, health, and work that uses my abilities. I am capable of living peacefully with others, able to communicate well, to problem-solve, and to resolve conflict. I forgive myself for not being perfect and learn from my mistakes. As I take positive risks to change within, I notice my outer world changes. I enjoy my life, feel good, and I love the person that I am.
1. How does this paragraph of positive statements make you feel?
2. What are some things that affect or have affected your feelings of self-worth both positively and negatively?
3. Where in your life do you notice feelings of low self-esteem? high self-esteem?
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