There is a secret to feeling great and that secret is this: it’s all in your head.  When you say nice things to yourself about yourself, you will feel the amazing energy of confidence, which is one of the main reasons I wrote the now award-winning adventure novel Saltwater Taffy.

Through the story of adventure, I am able to showcase how great life is when you have confidence about who you are.  The more we learn how to talk nice to ourselves ABOUT ourselves, the happier we will eventually become.

When we talk to ourself in a kind and loving manner, we are developing one of the strongest mental muscles……life has to offer; love and appreciation for the person we are.  The older we get, the harder it will be to teach ourself to be nice to ourself, so the question is, what are we waiting for?

How do we practice the mental activity of being nice to ourself?  We can start by writing a list of ten things we love about ourself.  Do NOT worry about someone teasing you for writing a list like this.  I want you to leave that fear in the trashcan where it belongs and JUST DO IT.  If you have more than 10 things you love about yourself, then good for you…write down 20…30…100!  The sky is the limit.

Once you have finished your list, I want you to read it to yourself whenever you feel lost, confused, or frustrated.  A great way to cement this into your subconscious mind is to read it every night before you go to bed, or share it with someone you love.  Don’t be afraid of sharing it with someone, either.  The sooner you become comfortable with saying nice things about yourself, the sooner you will leave behind the uncertainty of growing up.

When you are confident about yourself and who you are becoming, the less likely you will care about other people’s opinions about you.  Here’s a secret to consider:

what other people think of you is none of your business.

When you try to please everyone, you end up feeling mixed up and messed up.  Drill down into your heart compass, you know that voice which tells you how amazing you are, and ALWAYS say nice things to yourself about yourself.  Why not start today?

Eric DelaBarre is an award winning filmmaker and the author of Saltwater Taffy, the middle grade fiction novel that has been endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year.  Copyright January 8, 2012.  All Rights Reserved.

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