This blog is based on an excerpt from "Lose Your Stress, Find Your Joy!" by Lisa Creedon.
What on earth is an Encouragement File? Why would I need one?
Everyone should have an Encouragement File! Regardless of who you are or your station in life, no one is "up" every single day. On days when life offers a few more challenges than usual, sometimes it is helpful to look back over positive things that have happened in your life -- things that are special just to you!
Through the years, you have probably received a number of cards and thank you notes that were thoughtfully written. Perhaps the writers of those cards and notes said lovely things about you. But where are those cards and notes now? Are they in a drawer? A box in the basement? In the trash?
If you do not already have an Encouragement File, start one today! Your file could be an actual paper file (mine is) and/or on the computer. In the file, include cards and thank you notes you have received and printed emails where a friend has written something thoughtful or said good things about you. Write down verbal compliments you have received from family, friends, your boss, even strangers. And now that you have a place to put those positive remarks, stay current with it!
Include a list of nice things you have done for others (don't include the things where people were unappreciative of your efforts!) and a list of nice things people have done for you. A few inspirational poems or articles could also be included, but let the file be mostly about you.
Make a list of your strengths and good qualities to put in the file. Sometimes it is nice to review what we really know about ourselves but forget during troubled times.
When you are having a bad day or need some inspiration, go through your Encouragement File for instant joy!
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