you do that? By not feeding it with a knee- jerk reaction. Don’t immediately fire off that angry email, don’t immediately honk at the car in front of you when the light turns green, and don’t immediately snap at your daughter when you get the inevi- table eye-roll. Instead practice breathing through the feeling, creating a 90-second gap before acting. The big takeaway? Let the response be there, breathe as you feel it move through your body, and then act from a calm, cen- tered space.

Confidently Stare Down Self-Doubt

“If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.” ~ Katy Perry

We see what we look for, so catch

yourself when you fall into the trap of looking for your faults. For some reason, at the end of the day

it’s the one thing that we flubbed that haunts us. How many times have you rerun in your mind a conversation, or an interac- tion that you feel didn’t go the way you wanted? This just keeps imprinting that negativity over and over into your psyche. There is a mountain of evidence that

you are a confidant person who excels at life, yet that’s often overshadowed by your focus on your one failure of the day. Instead, actively seek out any and all

evidence of your successes, even the tiny ones, and rerun those in your mind at the end of your day. Keep this up for a month

and see what a difference it makes in your life.

Finish Strong

“But for each of us, isn’t life about determining your own finish line?” ~ Diana Nyad

Resolve to finish strong. Most of us get

to about 90% and then we peter out. All those things that you’ve left hanging are like weights around your neck. Commit to go that last 10% and finish. Be complete with everything you begin and set yourself free.

Take Time to Appreciate 3 Things About Yourself

“I seriously feel like the best days are ahead, and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with more knowledge, experience, and street smarts. There’s a certain love, appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don’t have

when you’re younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better.” ~ Jennifer Lopez

Get in the habit of writing down 3

things you appreciate about yourself. They can be small things like you listened to someone in need, you finished a task you’ve been working on, or you are kind and attentive to your cats. The important thing is to capture a list of your awesomeness. This is a great addi-

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336.768.3335 16 Perfect Your Super Power Stance

“I love dressing up in superhero outfits and in fact, when I dress up as Wonder Woman,

I actually think that I’m more powerful.” ~ Olivia Munn

Your body is a mirror for your mind,

so how you hold yourself reflects how you feel about yourself. Practice that Wonder Woman stance

where your feet are apart and your hands are on your hips and your chest is open and strong. Hold your head high and feel your power. This feeling will stay with you the more you practice this pattern. You can do it at home in the bathroom mirror if you want to keep your secret identity under wraps.

Take a Chance on Something New

“The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.” ~ Temple Grandin

We crave newness and excitement.

tion to the exercise of rerunning all your best accomplishments in your mind at the end of the day listed above. When you are feeling down or afraid, re-read this list and give yourself a self-esteem boost.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know.

And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

When you catch yourself begin to

spiral down a whirlpool of anxiety, shift gears. Refocus on outward things you can do something about. If there is something about your obsessive topic that you can change then change it. Take some sort of action – either directly impacting the issue in your life or impacting your state of mind. Perhaps you can’t affect any change di- rectly, but you can get up and go for a walk in the woods to ground yourself and feel renewed by nature. That is just as impor- tant. Doing something is better than noth- ing, even if your actions are unrelated.

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