I began to understand that self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it. -Gloria Steinem I AM AWESOME A number of years ago, an eastern university conducted a study on self-image and some of the ways it can affect a person’s actions. The women in a large neighborhood were targeted for a direct mailing. Letters were addressed to them. The letters were kind of a celebration. They were just a generic “thank you for being so wonderful in all you do”- type letter. Thanks for being so generous where you’re needed, for being a good Mom, neighbor, wife, employee in a world where they’re being pulled in lots of directions. “We salute you!” Hundreds of letters went out to half the women in the neighborhood. The other half got nothing. Then, a week later, a national charity (not related or affiliated with the university that did the study) sent volunteers into the neighborhood to solicit donations for their cause. Can you guess? The women who received mailings saluting them for their generosity and other qualities gave over 60% more often, and when they did give, they donated over 50% more money than the women who received no mailing. The conclusion the researchers came to was that the image they now had of themselves which they had to live up to was one of being generous with their time, skills and financial resources. Think about it. Only one letter. And a week later, they were still glowing in their new self-image. It must have been one heck of a letter!! We all WANT to feel good about ourselves. But not many people, including ourselves, are coming up and telling us how wonderful we are. It makes me think of the Budweiser slogan, “For all you do, this Bud’s for you!” Do you think they came up with that by accident? Heck no. They want us all to feel we “deserve” to have a Bud, that we’re good enough. Keep your eyes on commercials and how they try to make you feel smart and then tie that feeling into their products. So how can you use this interesting study to your benefit? What you need to do is become your own letter writer. The minority who become the most, enjoy life the most and who produce the most and get rewarded the most, don’t sit around waiting for other people to tell them how smart, handsome, polite or what a hard worker they are. They tell themselves this stuff. The only way for you to stop stuffing your mouth full of junk food, to start that exercise program, to stop any and all of your bad habits and to program your body’s intelligence to start fighting whatever diseases are fighting you, is to change the image you have of yourself. You’ve got to. Start today. You ARE awesome. Tell that to yourself every single day and it will grow to be truer every single day.For a FREE List of 3 Plus Bedroom Paulding County Homes under $150,000 with prices, addresses, and descriptions click the link or fill out the form below.