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Self Esteem

March 29th, 2012 by RabbiMitch63
I am larger, better than I thought. I did not know I held such greatness. Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman really had the insight when he wrote the above statement. Some might say that I am bragging when I affirm his quote to myself on a daily basis; further you might say that I am full of myself or that I have no humility. I say Bah Humbug to you all! Throughout my life I was taught to think of myself with limits, caution and negativity. I no longer do that.
As a Rabbi and Sober Coach in South Florida, I frequently share with people what my sponsor said to me nearly 24 years ago: "I don't want you to want what I have, I want you to want what you have." As a Spiritual Counselor I work with people to help them find the key to unlocking their self esteem. Regardless of how many people told me wonderful things about me, I did not believe them.
I had to walk through my self loathing, find forgiveness and commence taking action in my own regard. Whether the affirmations or positive behaviors were the catalyst to my enhanced self image does not matter to me. They both were major contributors to my finding, affirming and sharing my self esteem.
I have learned that if I am to be a truly happy and values person I must awaken to each day telling me how wonderful I am for if I wait for you to affirm me, chances are I will keep waiting. I practice esteeming myself daily. Some of the affirmations I use include:
1. I am happy with myself today.
2. I think that I am the greatest today.
3. I have many wonderful qualities.
4. I am able to do many things better than most people.
5. I feel I have much to be proud of.
6. I am useful to others daily.
7. I am a person of worth and value.
8. I respect myself.
9. I am wildly successful.
10. I have a positive attitude toward myself.
Does practicing these and other affirmations cause me to never have self doubt or not succeed? No, but they certainly keep me pointed in the right direction to keep moving forward walking through my fears. I am a wonderful human being who makes a difference in the lives of others and who has value. 
I am also flawed so I continue to make mistakes that I own and strive to do better. I am my own best cheerleader for it is only by giving to me that I am blessed with the capacity to give some of it to you and by giving to you I receive from you which builds my self esteem even further.

My prayer for you today is that you affirm your self esteem, believe in yourself with joy and share you with others.
Modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events.

If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.

Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!

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