Finding the courage to appreciate one’s own talents, hard work, passions, and unique story can take practice, but The Reflection in Me is a reminder that “you are perfectly perfect just the way you are.”
This FableVision Studios animation, a collaboration between attorney Marc Colagiovanni and children’s book author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, provides examples of that self-appreciation. The short touches on praise for effort, as well as ways to accept compliments, which can take practice.
And if these particular compliments feel like too much or don’t gel for you, then “tweak them to make them more believable,” explains psychologist Guy Winch. “For example, change ‘I’m going to be a great success!’ to ‘I’m going to persevere until I succeed!’”
Self-esteem is built by demonstrating real ability and achievement in areas of our lives that matter to us. If you pride yourself on being a good cook, throw more dinner parties. If you’re a good runner, sign up for races and train for them. In short, figure out your core competencies and find opportunities and careers that accentuate them.
File under love, kindness, and practice. Then watch these videos next:
• Kindness, a Thought Bubble by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
• The Story of the Two Wolves
• The Orchestra
• Right On Tracks: Music videos that encourage kindness, inclusion, and empathy
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