To identify your strengths and weaknesses
To look at yourself from a reasonable perspective
To encourage you to embrace your strengths and be willing to improve in your areas of weaknesses
The advantage of composure in difficult situations that cause anxiety or stress
The ability to hold firm to what you know and chose to believe about yourself
The ability to see areas in your life where your attitude, values or mind-set could be holding you back
Ultimately giving you what you truly want out of any situation, understanding and acceptance, even if sometimes that has to come from yourself
To feel more valued and supported
It's time to step down from the unrealistic expectations you have put on yourself.
Start looking at yourself from a reasonable perspective by embracing all aspects of yourself rather than being hard on yourself to be perfect.
It's only from a place of true acceptance that you have the clarity to know the areas that need extra care and attention.
And for lasting change to occur each area needs to be looked at realistically. Each area of focus needs to be carefully considered with a plan and goals including small, effective steps that can be put into motion.
The battle for better starts from the within.
“Where about’s within?”
I always imagine that unction, of courage and guts, comes from the stomach, somewhere in the middle.
But in reality that unction comes from your mind.
This doesn’t mean having the mentality of "F@#k the world" now or "it’s my way or the high way."
It is a subtle shift in consciousness that is nurtured in every situation presented to us.
We can all fall into the habit of thinking the worst of ourselves and others.
But what if we chose to just think the best?
How much more could we create for ourselves?
By slowly implementing positive traits into our everyday lives we can start to create new habits. That way, when you are faced with a difficult situation, you can respond, rather than react, from a position of control.
It is important therefore to know yourself, from that position you can embrace your strengths and accept your areas of weakness without getting defensive.
If someone calls you out on your flaws you can take back your control by responding with the truth you have accepted about yourself.
TURN IT AROUND
Positive ways a weakness can be used as an attribute:
Rebellious could be seen as Firm beliefs
Selfish could be seen as Boundaries
Insensitive could be seen as Focused
Bossy could be seen as Leadership
Lazy could be seen as Appreciates rest
Outcast could be seen as Unique
Click the link below to see the full list of negative qualities that can be turned into positive traits
Find a picture of yourself at your best and a second where you feel you are at your worst.
It’s time to lay it all out there!
Upload your two chosen pictures through Layout to Instagram / Facebook
If your challenges are being done privately create a word doc to journal your photos and thoughts.
"Feel" in the blanks of the caption
NB: the caption given can be copied and filled in or used as a guide for what you feel to write. However it must keep within the context.
The BEST picture:
“This picture makes me feel good because…
The way I felt here was…. Because…
My best features are…
I enhanced my features by wearing/ doing…
My best personality traits are… (e.g. kind / loyal / generous / honest etc - more examples in "optional #'s below)
My strengths are… (e.g. hard-working / passionate / diplomatic -
I am talented at...” (e.g. art / music / construction / ideas generating / gardening / motor biking / make-up / styling / decorating etc)
The WORST picture:
“This picture makes me feel bad about myself because…
Think about feelings of fear, disappointment, sadness, rejection, regret, anxiety, depression
To feel better about myself looking at this photo I would need to / I would need…
My worst personality traits are…
My weaknesses are…”
I have struggled / struggle with... (self-esteem, insecurities of... inferiority, depression etc)
MUST INCLUDE: (Copy & Paste)
NB your personalised hashtag will be
#mysc(first 3 letters of username and last 3 letters of username
Once you have uploaded your pictures add #'s of your best attributes
MUST INCLUDE HASHTAGS
(Copy & Paste)
#myselfcentral #myscj2wfirststeps #journeytowholenss #challengeyourself
Other OPTIONAL #'s: (Copy & Paste)
#alertness #amiable #friendly #analytic #compassionate #loving #confidence #cooperative #courage #courteous #creative #caring #decisive #diligent #discerning #discretion #dedicated #sincere #efficient #enthusiastic #expressive #encouraging #fair #flexible #forgiving #just
Click on the #myscj2wfirststeps_stepdown from your post
Like and Comment on at least 10 posts from other people who have taken this challenge
NB: The comment should be with reference to what you perceive the users best features are.
With regards to what they have noted as their worst features give a compliment and a suggestion of how to enhance or improve it.
Be careful with your words and Be kind.
This is a Confidence Boosting Exercise.
This is a chance to give and receive constructive criticism. It may be hard, but you are encouraged only to respond with understanding and empathy. In turn this will develop your communication skills and ability to connect.**