If you’re reading this article, it's likely you're invested in taking care of your mind, body, and spirit.
You probably wake up early for an uplifting morning routine—yoga or meditation—followed by a healthy breakfast. Then you head to work, where you put your all into every project (always making time for walking meetings and regular stretch breaks) and choose matcha over coffee when you need an energy boost.
If you're a parent, you do all of this while also doing everything for everyone else.
But let me ask you this: How often do you actually give yourself any credit for doing these amazing things?
Most of us put so much time and energy into trying to care for ourselves and care for those we love that we don't have any left to put into self-encouragement. But when you’re not giving yourself constant encouragement, your self-esteem takes a nose-dive; sticking to your healthy routine becomes a challenge; and trying to accomplish bigger things feels more like a pipe dream than a real possibility.
That’s why I advise all of my coaching clients and readers to adopt one ridiculously simple, absurdly effective habit: Encourage yourself—at least 10 times a day.
It might sound like the kind of life advice you'd expect Barney to give to Baby Bop, right along with, "You’re special!" But the most obvious insights are often the most powerful. Scheduling time to encourage yourself will allow you to finally give yourself the approval and support you’ve been craving. You become your own personal coach. You develop resilience.
As a coach, I guarantee my clients results when they do the work—sticking to fitness routines, planning and executing career goals, and so on. But I often find that they’ve already been doing the work consistently for years. They’ve created successful careers, and they’ve done everything "right"—but they still struggle with poor self-esteem, which makes them susceptible to toxic people and prevents them from trying new things that are good for them.