Even if you practice daily Reiki self-treatment, glass-half-empty thinking dribbles your well-being here and there, frustrating your efforts to fill your glass. How can you tell if you’re a half-empty gal or guy?
How full is your glass?
Glass-half-empty means you’re prone to what-might-have-been/what-can-never-be thinking.
If you are glass-half-empty, you’re not feeling nearly as content and steady as you might be. Even if you practice daily Reiki self-treatment, glass-half-empty thinking dribbles your well-being here and there, frustrating your efforts to fill your glass.
Clearly, this is not good for you. It also doesn’t help the people you care most about — your family, friends, and clients.
Glass-half-empty thinkers wind up isolated and running on empty. After all, as the Chinese proverb warns, if we don’t change direction, we will end up where we are heading.
2 simple steps to change your perspective
There will never be a better — or easier — time to redirect than the present. If you’re not happy with the ride you’re on, you can start turning your wheel right now with these two simple explorations:
- Start listening to yourself talk…and think. How often are your words critical and focused outward, spotlighting what others are doing wrong, or what they should be doing?
Each time you notice your mind going down that road, redirect by looking for a detail that’s working well, acknowledging it, and brainstorming ideas how to build on that foundation.
- List the ways you are kind to yourself, anything you do to support and encourage yourself. Notice how you feel as you contemplate each one. (You may want to do this during hands-on Reiki self-treatment.)
Look for more opportunities to be kind to yourself, and factor your well-being into every choice you make. This practice will help you develop the discipline of kindness, and make it easier to offer kindness to others.
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