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I still struggle with making self-care a priority. I know I should make time to rest, relax and rejuvenate, but actually making the time is another story. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked myself why I don’t make more time to “pamper” myself.

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Let me share a couple of definitions from Dictionary.com:

Pamper: To treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care.

Self-care: Care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.

Do these definitions motivate you to pamper yourself and make time for regular self-care?

Here’s what I think: Somehow we’ve grown up believing it’s selfish to find time to take care of ourselves. I’m not talking about vision, dental or medical care. I’m talking about making time to sit quietly and think. Or, schedule regular massages. Or, go on a rejuvenating vacation. Or, read a fun book all day.

I hear you saying, “I don’t have time or money to have a massage or take a vacation.” My question back to you is, “Why?”

I’ve found in my life if something is important to me I somehow find the time and money. Do you find that true in your own life?

If a spouse, child, relative or friend needed something important, would you find a way to make the time and money?

Maybe all this is a roundabout way for me to ask: Do you believe you’re important enough to find the time and money to “pamper” and take care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually?

During this past month, how often have you taken time for yourself? How often have you given of your time to others? I’m willing to bet you’ve given more time and energy to others than you’ve made time and energy for yourself.

Here’s what I decided to do for myself and maybe it will work for you too:

1. I’ll affirm daily, “I am worthy and deserving of making quality time to care for myself in mind, body and spirit.”

2. I’ve started to actually block out time on my calendar for self-care. For example I’ll block out an entire day to read the newest book by an author I enjoy. I make this time a priority.

3. I’ve created a vision board of all the FUN things I want to do this year. I wrote out exactly what it will take to make them reality. Then I sat down and planned out how many ways I will make these FUN things reality.

Let me add this: All these positive actions are fine, but it is up to you to believe you are worthy and deserving enough to allow them to become reality.

I’ll ask you this:

1. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself without feeling guilty?
2. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself and actually follow through with the pampering?
3. Can you honestly say you’ll make time to “pamper” yourself and not allow others to talk you out of taking care of yourself?

Here’s a challenge for you: I’d like you to plan a FUN day, weekend or even a week of self-care and pampering.

(1) Write your plans as a goal with a specific date by which you will achieve it.
(2) Write why you deserve this FUN pampering experience.
(3) Write how many ways you can/will make this goal reality.
(4) Create a vision board or vision book illustrating this FUN pampering time.
(5) Find an accountability partner who will hold you accountable to your goals.
(6) Write an affirmation affirming your pampering goal.
(7) Visualize yourself enjoying your FUN pampering experience.

I promise I’ll be doing this right along with you. Let’s stay in touch and support each other’s self-care on my Facebook page – here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/womenenjoyingsuccesssharonmichaels
 
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Take good care of yourself,
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
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I’ve learned an important financial success truth during my life: Making the amount of money you deserve is about believing you deserve to make money.

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I’ve come to realize that many of us have a difficult time believing we can do noble and good work and still achieve unlimited prosperity.

Many of our values and beliefs about money, wealth and unlimited prosperity are locked very deep within our unconscious mind. These values and beliefs are having a huge impact on how we are allowing ourselves to make and enjoy money today, as businesswomen.

Definition of prosperity from FreeDictionary.com: A successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, esp. in financial respects; good fortune.

Let me ask you this: Are you allowing yourself the joy of achieving unlimited prosperity?

Achieving unlimited prosperity is as much emotional as it is intellectual. Unlimited prosperity begins with an unwavering emotional commitment to believing you are worthy and deserving of the good things associated with being prosperous and abundant.

Here are a few suggestions I’ve learned over the years about focusing the power of your mind and energy on the pleasurable rewards of prosperity:

  • How will you benefit personally and professionally from greater financial success?
  • How will you benefit emotionally, spiritually and physically from greater prosperity?
  • How will the other important people in your life benefit from your financial success?
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If you’re harboring negative concepts about prosperity, you’ll sabotage success. If success and prosperity have any negative connotations for you, your unconscious mind will make sure you don’t achieve what’s making you uncomfortable or uneasy.

Let me ask you two questions:
1. Why do you deserve unlimited prosperity and the rewards it will bring to your life?
2. Can you quickly list ten reasons why you’re worthy of unlimited prosperity?

I’ll say it one more time: Making the amount of money you deserve – is about believing you deserve to make money.

Let me share a success affirmation I use personally: “I am worthy and deserving of success, happiness and unlimited prosperity.”

Are you ready to achieve unlimited prosperity?
 
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Here’s to your unlimited prosperity,
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
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I’ve lost count of how many times I refused to change even when I knew it was the best thing to do. Maybe it was my stubbornness saying, “I’ll make it happen. I’m not a quitter.” Or maybe, I believed I was just being hopeful and optimistic.

Over the years I’ve learned there is a fine line between optimism and stubbornness. I dislike admitting this, but at times I can be hard-headed. It’s taken me years of experience to figure out optimism can quickly become stubbornness.

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Let me share two definitions:

Optimism: Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.

Stubbornness: Unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving.
 
 
 
 
There seems to be a fine line that is unconsciously crossed when optimism becomes stubbornness. Something shifts from a softness to a hardness in your thinking – you can feel it emotionally and physically. Personally and/or professionally we’ve all been there – that place where we are disappointed something isn’t happening the way we planned, and yet we won’t stop or give up.

Remaining optimistic that things will improve is one thing – not stopping when a situation becomes detrimental is stubbornness.

Here’s what I’ve learned personally and professionally over the years:
1. I cannot change another person.
2. Optimism is fine until it begins to chip away at my self-esteem and/or self-confidence.
3. If I keep doing the same thing and keep getting results I don’t like, I have to either stop doing it or change how I am doing it. I’m the one who has to decide to change.
4. I am in control of how I react to what is happening around me.
5. Stubbornness can be detrimental to my physical, emotional and financial health.

I’m thinking of examples from my life to share with you. I wish you could see me shaking my head as I remember all the times I was too stubborn to see what was right in front of me or too stubborn to want to change. Looking back, my “I’ll make it work” attitude has given me many sleepless nights. If only I would have stepped back and looked at the situation with objectivity and not emotion.

Instead of sharing an example, I’ll share what I ask myself when a situation isn’t moving me forward or I’m feeling stuck.

1. Do I have the power to change this situation?
2. Am I willing to make the time and effort to figure out what to do next?
3. Am I willing to take action even if it means coming out of my comfort zone?
4. Do I need support from others to make this change?
5. How do I see life being better/happier/more satisfying because I’ve made this change?
6. If I do not have the power to change the situation, am I willing to make the best of the situation and go positively forward?
7. Am I willing to “live” with results of my choices?

I am an optimistic person. I’ve learned that optimism can sometimes blind me to what is actually happening in my life or business. I never want you to lose your optimism.

My advice: There comes a time when you have to step back and be totally honest with yourself and ask: “If I keep doing what I am doing, will I benefit from and enjoy the results I am getting?”
 
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Here’s to a life filled with hope and optimism,
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
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Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
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