I was chatting with a friend who wants to lose weight. She told me she'd worked out to a tough home exercise DVD. When I congratulated her, she immediately began minimizing her effort: "I didn't do it very well and it was just 20 minutes long," she said.
Her reaction saddened me and made me realize how much more accustomed we all are to judging and criticizing ourselves than giving ourselves credit for our achievements.
As a result, I have been making an effort to feel proud of myself for small achievements each day. It might be taking care of an errand I've been putting off. Or booking an appointment to see the dental hygienist. Or writing the outline for a new project.
Consider one way you could do yourself proud today - then do it - and celebrate. It's a great way to promote your inner coach and demote your inner critic.
Simon and I just returned from a trip to swim with the humpback whales in Tonga. It was such an honor to spend time with these beautiful gentle giants. One morning we woke up to find a baby whale had become stranded on the beach after a stormy night. We were blessed to be part of the team that was able to help her back into the water at high tide.
If you would like to swim with the whales too, I highly recommend you visit Darren and Nina's Matafonua Lodge in Ha' apai http://www.matafonua.com.
With a "blue moon" coming up at the end of this month, and the second anniversary of the first Christchurch quake approaching next month, I was looking for a special time to launch The Heart Pod. Then, today - an ordinary rainy Tuesday in Christchurch - I decided it was the perfect time.