Feb 18, 2008

Obama, Clinton and President George Washington

Today we celebrate George Washington's birthday. Let's hope that whoever wins be it Clinton or Obama that they will have the admiration and respect that lives on for president Washington. One of my favorite quotes from President Washington is "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. "

When we look at this quote how may of us care more about our own reputation and are willing to go against peer pressure? Many times we get caught up in wanting to feel wanted and needed and associate with people who we don't 'esteem' or even care for. I suppose that President Washington was saying that we need to have high self esteem. Here are a couple of tips for building high self esteeem.

1. Self Acceptance of both good qualities and the personality traits that you don't like. Make a list of 10 things that you love about yourself and 10 areas you want to improve. Spend 5 minutes each day seeing the good qualities first then seeing the areas you are working to improve.

2. Learn to stop the critical voice inside. This voice is usually either your mom or dad and has been internalized. This critical voice shows up in co-workers and parternships both business and personal. Once you stop the inner critic the outer critic will no longer show up.

3. Take a look at this story of an 88 year old man who decided to start ballet at 79. We are never too old to change and start something that we love and enjoy! If you are looking for a new start check out our retreats.