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Healthy Self Esteem…

by Michael on November 18, 2007

Healthy Self Esteem

Self esteem is such a critical component to health. Lately references and themes seem to weave themselves throughout my research, my reading and thoughts consistently – and the issue of self esteem keeps popping up – kind of a reoccurring reminder requiring my attention. And when it does I hear my little self-improvement voice inside saying,

“You still need to deal with this. Remember?”

Over the last couple of years, I have been on a quest to let go of the past and issues from early experiences in my life – particularly attachments to unhealthy and non-productive mechanisms that no longer serve me or never did. Looking at it objectively. It’s clear that sometimes I get it right .Other times I find that I fall back into the same old traps. Only now when I catch myself in the act, I pull myself out and get back on track as quickly as possible.

Since 2005 I have been in the room as a participant – or on staff – in 34 self improvement seminars and workshops. That includes hands on experience in a lot of processes about facing your fears head on – and walking through them and letting go.

But still there is a battle with the old voice in my head – the one from my childhood,

“You better not say that, you’ll get in trouble.” or “they won’t like you.”

That kind of stuff…

If you ever thought you had it tough dealing with your fears and did a good job, you need to check out this video.

It touched me deeply. It touched me in my soul and deep within my heart because I saw the Divine shine through that man’s face as he faced his fears. I saw many things in myself through his courage that I have never allowed to come out and wanted to. I saw all the times I’d wished I had stepped up to the plate and taken a chance and didn’t.

As I watched, I wept. I wept for the me that never stepped over the line, I wept for all the other people I care about who never did either. And I wept for the little cell phone salesman who did what all of us were afraid to do. And I was so proud of him for him, but also for all of us who had somehow now succeeded through his expression and courage. I saw through him the Divine in action and it warmed my heart. Doing what you think you can’t and having real faith in yourself even when you’re scared to death is the stuff of heroes. We can all learn a lot from that English phone salesman. And we all need to learn this somewhere within ourselves. And yes God works in wondrous ways.

Face your fears and do what you love if you really want to be healthy.

Update 3/13/10. Since I wrote this piece originally, I found the solution to correcting self esteem issues with a system created by Dr. Ed Carlson in St Petersburg, Florida, called Core Health. It really worked for me and I have seen amazing results for many participants in groups as both a Core Health student and more recently as a Core Health Facilitator. I liked Dr. Ed’s work so much, I moved to Florida to get study the system and in Dec 2009, I completed the certification process. Now I am part of Dr. Ed’s Adanced Core Health Development <leo_highlight leohighlights_underline=”true” leohighlights_url_bottom=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsBottom.jsp?keywords%3Dteam%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_url_top=”http%3A//shortcuts.thebrowserhighlighter.com/leonardo/plugin/highlights/3_1/tbh_highlightsTop.jsp?keywords%3Dteam%26domain%3Dtobehealthy.com” leohighlights_keywords=”team” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_0″ style=”border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; display: inline; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;”>team

Create Healthy Self Esteem and clean up identity issues with Core Health.  

I AM Michael Barrett and I AM a Core Health Facilitator

 

 

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