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BK Blog Post
Posted by Kathy Caprino.
Kathy Caprino, M.A. is a nationally-recognized women’s work-life expert, executive and career coach, author, and speaker specializing in helping women gain empowerment and self-mastery to navigate successfully through major challenges.
This weekend, I had a pretty harsh wake-up call (that cosmic 2×4 that hits you across the face that you never want) and it knocked me to my knees. (There was a lot of crying involved as well.)
What I realized through the experience was this:
It’s crazy. As a trained therapist and a career coach, I spend hours upon hours every week writing, speaking, coaching and training on these very same issues, so it’s always a surprise when I fail my own wisdom, and don’t follow the awesome advice that I can so easily give to others (and that friends have been trying to share with me for the past six months).
But there’s another reminder I needed today – I’m human.
If you feel like you too have been crushed to the ground lately, racing around to please everyone else, and have forgotten how to go about pleasing yourself, I’d like to offer this.
Together, let’s go on a “I’m Pleasing Myself!” 30-day challenge.
Let’s figure out exactly what pleases us, and start doing more of it, every single day. Let’s take a look at the food we eat, the work we do, the people we spend time with, the tasks we engage in, the environment around us, the work culture we’re immersed in, the conversations we have, the news we read – the works.
And let’s also embrace a strict commitment to deal head-on with our serious addiction to “Pleasing others.” I’d love to say “I’m done!” with pleasing others, but I know better. I know that it’s not an overnight fix – it’s a life-long process. (For more on this important topic of how we deal with inner and outer expectations, read Gretchen Rubin’s fascinating book Better Than Before, and stay tuned for my upcoming interview with Gretchen).
Can we do this together? I need a bit of support too. How about we take these six little steps, every single day for 30 days, as our “I’m Pleasing Myself” 30-day challenge:
I’m serious about taking this challenge, and I hope you’ll join me. Please share below how it goes for you – how long you’re able to focus on yourself, how many days you made this happen, and what’s in the way of loving and pleasing yourself more and more each day. And let us know what other “I’m Pleasing Myself!” activities you can embrace that fit your life and work.
I have a feeling we’ll all be shocked at how this will change our lives for the better. You in?
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