Challenge 4: Move On by Forgiving Yourself

In the last challenge we talked about forgiveness. It’s a difficult task that requires a lot of thinking, action and even more intentionality.


BUT. what if the person you need to forgive is yourself? Sometimes it feels like the only one in the other corner of the boxing ring is our own self-criticism.


Try this:


Do you feel shame about anything? If so, why? Is it possible that you’re the only one really dwelling on the situation?


If this is something ongoing – is it something to add to the list of things to leave behind in 2014? Is it something you can (if you haven’t already) share with a trusted friend or leader to help you begin processing?


Perhaps the biggest situation in which you need to forgive is a situation involving yourself.


If this is true, it may be good to take a moment and recognize that you’re still here. You’re still you, and no matter what has happened, it’s probably severely worse in your head than it actually is (period)..


Maybe the beachball (as mentioned in challenge 2) isn’t forgiveness you need to give someone else, but maybe it’s forgiveness you need to give to yourself.


Whatever the next step is, it’s likely that you now have an idea. You don’t have to turn a complete 180º tomorrow, but what would it take to begin the process of self-forgiveness?
It’s 100% ok to move on from areas in which we feel we’ve let ourselves down!


Focus forward to the you that you really are!


Last question: as you’ve taken time and considered if you need to forgive yourself, — what would it take to begin tonight? By starting tonight you’ll have an awesome start on January 1, 2015 and leaving something else behind in 2014!


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