This is part 3 of a 3-part article series where I share a few resources that have greatly contributed to my worldview as a leader. It’s this perspective that’s helped me remain calm and happy as a mother, wife and business owner navigating these uncertain times.
It is my hope that one of the resources I share sparks your inner leader into creating even more happy times for you and yours too!
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Resource 3: Cultivating Self Love
This last resource is a workbook that I am currently writing. It’s probably the most important piece to my own journey as a leader. Self Love is about being a loving leader of myself – my body, mind, and soul – first.
In the book, I’m doing my best to keep a simple and short account of 12 practices I’ve been using to embrace chaos and find a deeper sense of peace and love within.
Self Love: Critically Important
There is sometimes confusion about what self-love is and isn’t so let’s take a look at what I mean when I talk about self-love.
With self-love I…
- Fully accept myself as I am right now (warts and all)
- Prioritize my happiness and well being above other things because when my cup is full it’s easier and more integral to fill others
- Am going even deeper than self-care
- Discover my authentic me, my TRUTH, and sustainable happiness
Below is a small excerpt from the book that gives a small sampling of some of the characteristics someone with low self-love may have vs someone with healthy self-love.
You can download a copy of the full table and put a tick next to each characteristic you identify with. It will give you some indication of your self-love right now.
I’ve been consciously cultivating my practice of self for a while now and I can see that this is a life-long practice. Self-love isn’t a skill you learn once and you’ve got it for life.
Self-love isn’t about doing more for you and less for others. It’s not about time at all. It’s about cultivating new mindfulness about YOU that results in an underlying clear soul essence that penetrates absolutely everything you do.
Mastering the art of self-love comes when in each “NOW moment” you naturally lean to a nurturing loving response with yourself. This comes by diligently and kindly observing your inner angels and demons (positive/negative thoughts) and then consciously taking expansive action from your observations.
Cultivating your self love helps you open your heart again. Possibly after having closed it off from a painful or emotionally unnurturing childhood.
With an expanded sense of self-love, you’re more freely able to give and receive love in a healthy way and without expectation, attachment or judgment. This different, more true way of showing up as an even more authentic you will impact the most important leadership role you’ll ever have – being the leader of YOU.