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Are you a Grinch to yourself?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

Cheer abounds this December. It’s in the form of holiday parties, decorations and kids sitting on Santa’s lap. It’s in holiday concerts and home-baked goodies. It seems to be everywhere (well, except mall parking lots and on line at Macy’s … there—a cheer infusion is needed desperately.)  

With cheer in the air, I started to think about my own cheer level. 

I consider myself a cheerful person.

I’m cheerful when I talk to clients. I love being nice to them.

For the most part, I’m cheerful to friends, strangers and animals (even the spiders I find in my house).

But am I as cheerful to myself as I am to others? Nope.

I started to recognize my inner monologue—and sometimes it’s downright mean.Too often, I tell myself things like, “You’re not doing good enough. You kinda suck.” 

Really, I should be saying, “You’re making some really good steps, let’s see where else you can grow.”

Would I tell someone else they suck? Would I tell that to my buddy, client or friend? Of course not. 

My gift to myself this Christmas is to be kinder. I will speak to myself with more encouragement and support. I will be my own Elf, and instead of toys, I will make self-niceness

How about you?

In this season of cheer, don’t forget to spread some inward cheer too.

Happy holidays! 


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