This is the most ridiculously simple tactic. I can’t believe I never thought of it before. If you feel like shit, ask people to tell you good things about yourself.
I had a hard week and needed to be reminded of goodness so I sent an email to my peeps. Here’s what it said…
This was not something I was planning on sharing with anyone but when I received an overwhelming number of loving responses and realized how much it truly helped, I had to share. If you want to read some of the responses, check them out below. I hope this simple technique proves beneficial for you in your life. You are not alone.
I think you are better than anyone I have ever met at being true to yourself, a quality I wish for my children, perhaps above any other.
You are an incredibly great model of a committed yogini in the broadest and highest definition of that idea. You are a shining example to me!
You are one of those rare people that you can open up to fully and still feel safe. You are also a good cook and make probably the best cookies and crumbles on the planet.
You are outstanding at being present and aware. You are the opposite of an NPC. You are one of the most trustworthy and honest people I know. You are a patient teacher.
Being Hilarious, smart as a whip, taking initiative, being sweet/kind
I love your warmth and inviting voice on your videos and podcasts.
You are genuine and kind and reliable. If there is a way to be good at those things then you, my dear, are a master.
You are an absolutely amazing writer. And, you are courageous. I recently heard a quote: “Evaluate people not on what they’ve accomplished, but what they’ve overcome.” Some people don’t seem to have accomplished much in the outer world, but they have overcome a LOT just in order to be living relatively sanely and productively in this crazy unpredictable world.
Styling your hair, cooking, and giving yoga cues (I’d put you in the precisionista category)
You are good at processing information. You are good at being non-biased. You are good at applying what you have learned. You are good at being positive and open-minded.
I think what has always stood out to me is your honesty. When talking to a lot of people you can feel a hint of hidden agenda or you can just feel it when they aren’t being totally honest. You speak from your heart every time you open your mouth. It’s amazing.
You’re great at laughing.
Being an aunt
You are not only good at, but you are great at being supportive in your presence. You are generous in your curiosity and your attention, you are creative and loving in your conversations about life and how to live it fully. You are delicate and kind in your approach to all things in a way that is inspiring in it’s humility
considering your creative and insightful intellect! You just are amazing! I really mean all of that Erin. Really!
You are great at connections. You have a gift for genuine and real connection and I appreciate having you in my life. Thanks for sharing so many good things with me and others.
I think you are really good at laughing. And taking the things seriously that need to be taken seriously, and knowing that that doesn’t include everything.
You are such a remarkable woman just for asking for this support and feedback. You are so good at taking care of yourself not to mention a remarkable yoga teacher with a big sweet heart.
I think you’re good at being yourself. I think you have done an amazing job of delving into your depths, of
learning more and more about yourself, and finding ways of overcoming great pain and suffering to find more peace and contentment in your life. I think you have done a heroic job of learning how to take care of yourself, enabling you to overcome debilitating depression. I think you have done a beautiful job with your blog and podcast interviews. I think you have tried very hard to stay connected to your family. I am sending you love, compassion, and a reserve of trust in your essential goodness.
You are good at being curious, authentic, and playful. You are good at inspiring others to wonder what they are good at. You are good at shining out love in a way that feels neither over nor underwhelming. You are good at making space for others. You are a good at being a light. So shine on, brightly, as you are able.
I think you are good at is allowing yourself to be vulnerable (in the Brene Brown way!). I also think you are good at bringing a delicate lightness to whatever space you are in, mixed with a wonderful ability to laugh and good sense of humor.
3. Creating cozy and simple beauty in space
4. Finding humor and showing it with your full laugh
5. Making other people feel like they are ok
7. Dedication and perseverance
8. Embodying your full self,
9. Growing up
10. Again, acceptance.