Looking for Love

(excerpt from the book “Love Smart with Your Heart” by Jewel Diamond Taylor)…             “I have had my share of relationship foolishness, weakness, blindness, self-betrayal, hurt and blues.  Some women can be smart with their money and foolish with their heart.  And there are those who are smart with their heart and foolish with their money. Some are smart in their careers but make foolish mistakes in their relationships, parenting and family interactions.

Some of us; crave love, resist love, have never known real love, confuse lust with love, love too hard, are afraid to be loved, don’t know how to love, have been hurt by love, starving for love, nurture others with our love, obsess and smother others with our love, closed our hearts to love, have loved with conditions, think we can buy love with sex, money, looks, etc.,  proclaim we don’t need love and some take advantage of our love or some of us miss and take advantage of the love around us. Some have been hurt so bad that we withhold love, play games with people’s emotions or leaves pieces of broken hearts all around.  Some have been rejected and become self-destructive and self-loathing.   Some people bounce from one relationship to another without healing our broken heart from previous relationships.  Some are narcissistic and self-absorbed with the idea of love.   Some people have been naïve, desperate and immature in giving or receiving love and need to grow smart with their hearts.  Yes, smart people can make stupid choices with their hearts.  Some people look for love in all the wrong places and faces.  Some never know about the love of God.”

If you live in the Los Angeles area Nov. 10, I will be teaching from my book “Love Smart with Your Heart.”  This promises to be a very enlightening, empowering, eye-opening, heart-healing, mind-growing and fun experience.

Relationship Pearls of Wisdom

Relationships Pearls of Wisdom

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Honor and take good care of yourself to avoid feeling resentful, desperate and empty. Feed your mind, body and spirit with healthy and worthy thoughts.  When you’re physically hungry… you’re more likely to stop for fast/junk food… you’re not as selective about what food you eat because you are starving.  It’s the same with emotional hunger for love and companionship.  Vow to yourself that you will stay away from the “junk/fast food and late night”snacks”.  Junk food type relationships happen when you are emotionally starving and accept less, mess and stress.

pearl  Generally speaking…men are seeking peace and control and women are seeking security and attention.  One wants rest, the other wants to build a nest.

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Each of you brings emotional baggage and flaws into your relationship.  Be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts. Neither of you are perfect, just perfect for each other.
pearl When a woman is uncertain about a relationship she will either start asking questions about where the relationship is going or she will try to win him over, fix him, rescue him, change him or challenge him. When this happens men will either; be like a genie in a bottle and disappear, act like a turtle moving slow in the relationship, ignore, avoid, play dumb, become angry or start arguments which are indirect signals to let you know he is not on the same page with you.  Have a life.  Don’t give someone else sole responsibility for your happiness.

Notice and acknowledge when your mate is doing something right.  A big common mistake is taking each other for granted.  Remember to speak the languages of love (i.e. 1) touch, 2) thoughtful I’m thinking of you surprise gifts (they don’t have to be expensive), 3) acts of service, 4) quality time and 5) kind words).
Women ask God for these type of men.

1. The Unmarried Man –
There are too many women attempting have relationships with married men. Married men are not a candidate for single women to date… period! This includes married men who are separated (legally or otherwise). They are still married and not available to date. Married people have their own families and concerns to deal with. That being said, the unmarried man, who is devoted to the things of God, is the type of man you should be interested in dating. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35).

2. The Kingdom Seeker –
A man who is seeking God’s Will for His life will, not only seek out a woman to date, but will seek out his wife. The Bible says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).  Ladies, you should be an asset; the thing that is *added* to him as he is FIRST seeking the kingdom of God.This is why I say, run as fast as you can for Jesus and the one who can keep up might be the one.

3. The Real Man –
No, I am not talking about machismo behavior (all the shoulders back, chest out, fist curling gestures and such)… Real men don’t need all of that. That’s what grown-boys do to get a woman’s attention. Real men “pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace” (2. Timothy 2:22). Real men regard women as a gift that is not to be taken advantage of; they see her as priceless and desire to cling to her (Matthew 19:5).   A real man’s character shows his high regard for a woman long before the dating stage.

4. The Learner –
A man who is in continual pursuit of knowledge is better equipped to handle life and execute on goals / plans. He should read, seek counsel, study continuously, etc… The Bible says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed”( Proverbs 15:22). Also, “My people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). A man who is willing to learn and gain knowledge in life should also be more open to gaining knowledge about love and having successful relationships.

5. The Multiplier –
A man shouldn’t just balance you out, he should constantly add to you. His presence should multiply your potential. He should add to the beauty of who you are and never take away from anything that is precious about you.  The Bible says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). The man you date should never cause you to compromise good morals. He should seek ways to support you in your values. His values should complement yours.

6. The Servant –
A man who has demonstrated a pattern of submitting to authorities in his life (leadership, pastors, parents, etc…) will also have an understanding of how to submit to God as the head of his life and, subsequently, how to commit to his future wife. The Bible says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them… Let them do this with joy and not with groaning,” (Hebrews 13:17). His positive attitude towards authority figures is an indication of his servant’s heart and also provides a picture of how he can be in a dating relationship.

7. The Consistent Man –
Emotions rise and fall, but character shows with consistency. The consistent man is not in a rush because he does not have poor intentions, nor is he interested in manipulating a woman to be led by her emotions). He will take his time to get to know you and will allow you to get to know him as well. The Bible says, “Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.” (Proverbs 28:18).  Over time, the consistent man’s good character will still stand, while the man with bad intentions will also come to light.

These 7 profiles of men written by Q. McCall

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Stop Assuming

     You are a creature of habit.  Since the day you were born, your mind began to accumulate memories and agree with others beliefs, opinions and a system of reward or punishment in the hopes of being secure, loved, accepted and approved.

    In order to have less pain and rejection, you made many compromises to survive and to be loved.  You began to wear masks to cover up your pain, disappointments and true self.       If one feels rejected, unloved, inadequate, used, invisible or wounded, they will learn over time to wear emotional masks to hide their true feelings.  Over time, our mind can begin to play tricks on us if we feel robbed of love, attention, recognition, success and belonging.

The mind can perpetuate fantasy, illusion, distorted memories, neediness, fear and a sense of self-importance.   My e-book message is for the person who wants to assess their stress and free themselves from the traps of …

.  the dis-ease to please others

.  a mental fog about how to find happiness and peace

.  feeling tired of losing time, opportunities, relationships and peace of mind

.  critical, judgmental and negative thinking

.  a low sense of self-worth (I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, good enough, etc.)

.  feeling broken and lost

Right now you may be searching for answers to break the spell of low self-esteem or sabotaging habits that destroy your health, relationships, career and peace of mind.

You may be asking, “Why do I keep repeating the same mistakes?  How do I break this cycle of depression, worry or self-destructive addictions?”  Why do I try so hard to get people to love me and understand me?  How do I find some peace in my life instead of always falling to pieces?  Why am I always comparing my life to others?

Asking questions is the first step to personal growth and for learning how to take responsibility for the quality of your life.   The thoughts you think and your knee-jerk reactions to people and circumstances are shaped over time.  They become your mental traps.  In my e-book, How to Avoid the Mental Traps to Your Happiness,  I identify 7 mental traps that can keep you trapped in depression, low self-esteem, fear, stress and limited living.  Listen to the message below which discusses one of the mental traps.

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Healing Relationship Rejection

As the Self-esteem Dr. I counsel with so many women with depression.  I hear so often “it’s hard being a single woman.”  These women are doing what R&B singer Brandy sings about in one of her songs...“Sitting up here in my room waiting for you to invest in my happiness.  I must confess I’m just a mess sitting up here in my room.”  Whether the man in your life is a friend, lover or husband… men like women who like themselves.  Women who have a very low self-esteem are dangerous.  Men tend to think they are hysterical, stalkers, whiners, weak, clingy and needy.

I believe that too many times women don’t have the courage, faith and self-esteem to end a one-sided, abusive, neglectful or adulterous relationship.  The idea of being alone or starting over is too scary.  I believe sometimes when we don’t know how to protect and guard our hearts, God will end the relationship for us.  And then I hear women say…”I don’t understand why he left me…I don’t understand why he won’t return my calls….I wonder what I did wrong?”

I’m not saying that the drama, disappointments, divorce and demise of relationships is always the man’s fault.  Men hurt also.  There are good men who give their all and get wounded also.  This message is specifically written to empower women who need to boost their Relationships I.Q.   This message is for women who want to heal and guard their hearts.  So ask I women, “Are you one link in a chain of fools?”  Are you living with hopeless devotion, waiting and waiting in a one-sided relationship?  Your head probably knows it doesn’t make sense to keep trying, hoping, crying, waiting and wasting your time on someone who can’t return your love.  It’s your heart that needs to see the truth.  Your heart will keep remembering the good times and keep you in denial about the bad times.

Don’t be someone’s down-time, spare-time, part-time or sometime girl.  If they can’t be there for you all of the time, then they’re not even worth your time.

Sometimes you’re not meant to make up after a breakup…it could be your wake up call to show you that you are not meant to be a couple.   Love when you’re ready… not when you’re lonely.   Sometimes you have to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve.   You can’t see your next if you’re too busy looking at your Ex.  Your EX should stay an EX.  They’re the EXample of false love and an EXplanation for why you deserve better.  Don’t search for a man that will solve all your problems, he won’t.  Find one that won’t let you face them alone.  Lust, loneliness, superficial love and a Saturday only kinda of love can make you blind.  When someone shows  you who they are, believe it.  Take off your “pink” sunglasses.  Notice the red flags waving that warn you he not the one.  Follow your heart…but take your brain with you.   If you are attracted to the unavailable, “bad boy”, selfish, controlling or player type, you won’t be with a prayer.   Don’t just ask for a “good man”…seek a God man.  Rushing into emotional or sexual intimacy causes us to fast forward and skip over the real process of building a relationship based on time, dating, communication, trust, asking qualifying questions, honesty, disciplining our hormones, shared values, boundaries and friendship.

Brandy’s song musically warns women to not put their life on layaway waiting or someone to invest in your happiness.  It may sound hard and too cliche, but you’ve got to make your own self happy.  When the door closes on a relationship and it wasn’t your choice, why would you want someone back who doesn’t love, respect, honor or want you?

I have heard women in my one-on-one life coaching sessions tell me how they prayed asking the Lord to reveal to them what they needed to know about their boyfriend or husband.  “Lord let me know if he is cheating.  Lord let me know if he is the one for me.  Lord show me any flaws so I can decide if this relationship should go to the next level. Lord reveal to me if he is a controller…is he addicted to porn…will he be a good father to my children…does he have anger issues?   Lord let me know if he is gay, a liar, on drugs, married and just playing with my emotions.”

     When these ladies continued with their stories they told me their prayers were answered and they didn’t like what was revealed.  They didn’t like seeing the truth because now they needed the courage, faith and self-esteem to make a decision.   It’s better to be slapped by the truth then kissed with a lie.  A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it as long as you want … but it won’t go any where.  Guard your heart by keeping your eyes, ears and spirit open to guidance from God and those you trust.

With permission I share a recent email received and the response from the Self-esteem Dr. regarding relationships…

“I enjoyed your recent “Love Smart”  presentation on relationships in Chicago.  It is always such a blessing to hear from God as HE continues to utilize his magnificent gifts bestowed to you.  We are all gifted.  Sometimes it feels like the prize in the crackerjack box. I feel somewhat successful with my modest profession as a special education teacher.  I have always dedicated my life to giving and being ever so thankful for every little thing that comes to me.   I’ve isolated myself and have no confidence.  I feel somewhat embarrassed that I can not move on from an issue that haunts me and I believe has hindered me from the full potential I can achieve.  I’m in love with someone, who I know loves me with the capacity he can love.  It isn’t enough.   I feel a failure because I can’t believe :1) it didn’t work out.  2) I’m stuck  3) I’ve isolated and have torn my self-esteem to scraps of little self worth  4) I’m craving the co-dependency willing to settle for creeping and one-night interludes.  A MESS!!

This brother is a good guy but he and I have such a bitter history.   Dr. Jewel drugs play a serious part in this matter.  And I know that is an immediate red flag but it is so complicated.

Today, I want to call him and apologize for sharing my views.  Then I remember how ridiculous that is.  He needed to know that I am loving and loved, an important creation to this planet, sent by God with a design that no man can and/or should change.  Today, I want to celebrate loving and being loved, even and especially because it didn’t work out.  Surely, he needed to learn how to treat a woman, and respect a lady.  I am seeking an answer as to what the life lesson was to teach me.  Because today I am still alone.  Today, I feel the conflict of heart and mind.  I have no willpower whatsoever.  For this reason, I have become lazy, out of shape, lacking the energy for my ambitions.  I am angry with myself because this is over someone whom I cannot control.  Would we want to share a life with someone who you can control? I think not!  When I know that he is there just loving me, from a distance, I am so secure.  As soon as we confronted the finality of our relationships, I became broken inside.  Strange……Help with a word, a mantra, to move on.  You see it’s been a year of creeping, back and forth, professing our love to one another without making the sacrifices needed to solidify a commitment.  Does love exist?  Am I deluded?  I’m an intelligent woman, but I keep making stupid mistakes.  Please send me your book because you ran out of them when you here teaching on this subject.  Thank you again, for your ear.” E. S. Hopeless Romantic

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5 Important Relationship Life Lessons

As a Life Coach for women I have seen a pattern of common wounds because of distractions, dependencies, denial, deception,  drama, family dysfunction, and a lack of emotional boundaries and distorted beliefs.

I’m passionate and concerned about women being empowered to improve their relationships I.Q. because I was vulnerable, naive, desperate and unprepared to be married or to even understand myself or men.

I find that many women suffer from; fantasies, unrealistic expectations, the inability to read the warning signals, misinterpreting the intentions of the men they give their time, body, secrets, soul, money, peace of mind and future to, having low self-esteem not knowing their worth and the inability to move on after divorce and betrayal.

I think too often we suffer from the “myth-stakes” of believing in the cinderella fantasies, media, and the mindset of “if only …”  i.e. “I would be happier if only… I was married, if only we had more money, if only we had children, if only we have a bigger house, if only I could lose weight, if only he was more romantic, if only my childhood wasn’t so bad, if only he had a role model to show him how to treat me,  if only his family would leave us alone, if only things were different.”

In my Self-esteem Dr. Life Coaching one-on-one sessions, retreats, books and conferences I strive to empower women in all walks of life that;

Love should NOT hurt (don’t tolerate abuse (physical, emotional or financial)

Marriage is ministry (Each one comes to the relationship with emotional baggage that needs unpacking.  Are you willing to help each other unpack and minister to each other’s childhood wounds and past relationship wounds/expectations?)

Falling in love is a temporary high (growing in love, respect, trust, forgiveness, humor, goals, values, collaboration and peace comes with time, prayer and communication)

Don’t make permanent decisions about a temporary circumstance (I wanted to give up on my 42 year marriage many times until I learned to; become emotionally smart, work on healing my own issues, break the spells, choose my battles, resist habits of shutting down, escaping or blaming, respect our differences, nurture my self-esteem, get a life by enjoying and pursuing my purpose/ministry and honor my covenant to work through our differences and issues.  P.S.  It was worth it.)

Break the relationship spell.  The myth of a man; saving us, being perfect, rescuing us, being our Daddy, being our forever date, always be romantic and sensitive, totally free from his past habits, hurts and ex’s, being able to always provide, understand or protect us is a spell of illusion and false hope to leads to infidelity, abuse, depression, fighting and divorce court.

No man can ever give you your self-worth or crown. But if you don’t guard your heart, plenty of men can rob you of it. A Queen does not shrink to fit. She is able live with confidence as God guides her to fight the dragons, increase her territory and use her power to practice wisdom and compassion towards those in her life.

I’m smart in some areas of my life, but I was in the slow class of learning how to love smart with my heart. I wasn’t alone in this class. Many women are smart on their jobs, in college, operating their businesses, juggling schedules to care for children, aging parents, job, class, hair appointments and fitness classes. But these same women have secretly mourned lost loves, they have; given away love, denied love, shared love, tried to buy love, been betrayed by love, got bankrupted and hurt by love.   They will tell you how they settled instead of believing they deserved more.  Many were on a one-way street of love. Many ignored the flashing red and yellow lights. Many put their life on hold for years living with false hopes on holidays and weekends. My slow learning classmates will tell you they were obsessed or depressed by love. They will tell you how his “bad boy” risky behavior put her life in danger. They will tell you how they sacrificed for their man; in prison, in a long distance relationship, the one who promised he “would get it together” or he convinced her was leaving his wife. They will tell you they were caught by surprise when the romance stopped and mistreatment started. Many will say they chose to live in denial instead of living with truth. They will tell you they stayed in a loveless or abusive marriage. They will tell you they were martyrs for their children or afraid of being alone so they put their heart on the “for sale” rack or even the “the clearance rack” rather than be alone. They will tell you they put their man on a pedestal and idolize him forsaking God, family and the priorities for her self-presevation and peace of mind. They will tell you they took financial hits, emotional hits and physical hits from his hand instead being cherished with his heart. They will tell you how they betrayed themselves by diminishing and dishonoring their own desires, worth, goals, virtue, time, body, heart and soul.   They will tell you how they suffered in silence as their crown of worthiness fell to the floor. They will tell you they were not smart with their hearts.

I teach more about this topic in my e-book “Love Smart with Your Heart: Desperation is a Terrible Perfume to Wear.”  Click here to receive your copy to download and read often on your computer or tablet (PDF format)

I’m Tired – Lost My Joy

Pain and suffering are gifts nobody wants.  I’ve come to understand and embrace the fact that life is bitter and sweet.  If we never experience pain or loss, we never really experience joy.  If we never learn how to cope with difficult times, we become hard, cold, afraid, self-centered, defeated, hopeless, overwhelmed and insensitive to the pain of others around us.

We all experience seasons of pain,suffering, delays, loss, discouragement and change.  You may be overwhelmed with your own issues of poor health, financial stress, divorce, unemployment or worry.  Or you may be overwhelmed because you are a caregiver for a loved one living with autism, addictions, mental illness, cancer or in prison.  It’s enough to steal your joy and sap you of your patience, time, energy, faith and finances.  Only those who have a mustard seed of faith, a remnant of hope and strong in their resolve to press on, will survive tough times. Conquering your giants requires you to live with the realities in your life and then empower yourself to take action.  In your exhaustion and suffering, I pray you find a fresh reason to hope and hold on to your faith.   Recognize the need for healing and strength to endure.   For us to receive the healing of emotional wounds, we must first acknowledge that we are hurting (Matthew 9:10-13, Revelation 3:17). Many of us have lied to ourselves as well as to others. We have said, “I’m really O.K.” or “It really doesn’t matter that much.” Or “I am ashamed and don’t want people to know.” Denial can become a habit, your unconscious defense mechanism.  Denial wants to reduce anxiety, pain, thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously too difficult to face.

Sometimes life is not turning right, it makes a left turn.  Sometimes your life doesn’t feel just fine (like Mary J’s song says) and you want growth, stability, progress, love, abundance, joy, health and peace.  Awareness and acceptance are the first place to start if you want to be delivered from pain into peace.

What issues in your life are you trying to avoid? i.e. weight/health, debt, loss, anger, abuse, poor choices in your relationships, family secrets, the pain from your past, bad habits that have become addictions, disorder and clutter in your life, employment, your age or fear of being alone?  Assess your stress! You may be asking, “Why do I keep repeating the same mistakes? How do I break this cycle of depression, worry or self-destructive addictions?” Why do I try so hard to get people to love me and understand me? How do I find some peace in my life instead of always falling to pieces? Why am I always comparing my life to others?

If you don’t honestly look at your pattern of behavior and beliefs, your mind traps will become stronger.  You may realize in this season of your life that you are caught up in an emotional and mental trap. You may realize that the source of your unhappiness and stress is your inability to free yourself from the traps.

As you begin to fully acknowledge that you are often ruled by a protective emotional mask and caught up in a trap to cope with life, your transformational process can happen. Do you genuinely want to make your emotional health a priority?  You can learn how to break the toxic cycle of poor emotional health which is destroying families, children, marriages, careers and even communities.

As you decide and commit to assessing, admitting, and reducing your emotional wounds, you will experience “aha” moments, breakthroughs, and new insights to free yourself from self-defeating mind traps. You will feel more clear, focused, alert, motivated, decisive, calm and centered.

The joy of sharing this information cannot be measured. I discovered so much about the mind and emotional traps through study, self-discovery, counseling, prayer and the courage to find my voice.  I began to discover some common mental and emotional traps.

     Rescuer Trap– Because of a parent’s weakness, absence orpush for excellence, a child can grow up fast and become the “little adult” and feels responsible for other family members’ welfare and comfort, and “keeping the family together. This trap makes one feel they must protect their caregivers and siblings because no one else will. This hinders the child from experiencing normal childhood development.

The need to help others even at the expense and risk of your own well-being is the mind trap. You can never say, “no” to someone’s requests. You receive emotional satisfaction playing the hero and the fixer role. The trap of a caretaker is feeling responsible for compensating for their personality-disordered loved-one’s behaviors, cleaning up any messes created by their actions and fixing any problems arising from their mental or emotional issues. Soon resentment, exhaustion, financial stress, poor health and isolation happen because of burnout.

     Martyr Trap– The Martyr refuses to indulge or enjoy even thesimple pleasures of life. As a result they are always victimizing and punishing themselves. The martyr type’s giving is often totally selfish, it’s not heart orientated giving, because the martyr is simply trying to get your attention by victimizing themselves – it’s an attention seeking strategy, selfish and dangerous. Martyrs are people who recognize they are being taken advantage of and choose to remain in the situation. Martyrs often seek sympathy for their plight. They seek support, advice and help from others.

The trap is believing you are stuck in a situation and seem to be unable to resolve it. Martyrs often believe it is their obligation to remain in their position in life. They would feel guilty if they let go of the current situation. They fear taking the risk to change the situation.

Martyrs are “professional” help seekers. They make the rounds of paid and volunteer helpers, advice givers, counselors/consultants–anyone willing to listen to their tale of woe. Unfortunately, they usually ignore the assistance, advice or direction they are given.

      Victim trap – People who are taken advantage of but areunaware of being treated as such. Victims are individuals whose rights are ignored and abused but were unaware that they would be treated in this manner before they entered the situation. Victims often suffer silently for long periods of time before they are able to verbalize the unfairness of their life situations. Victims frequently never seek help. They are often frustrated and lost as to what needs to be done to get them out of their current situation.

      Procrastinator Trap–This person is caught in a cycle ofavoidance. Their mind trap convinces them they more time or that they should wait until everything is perfect before starting. Or the mind trap will collaborate with your inner critic to convince you that you should wait until you are perfect before starting something new. This mind trap causes you to postpone unpleasant responsibilities and situations. This emotional trap is costly because you lose time and opportunities, your health deteriorates, your money, credit, integrity and peace of mind suffer. The procrastination habit is a thief!

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No More Shyness

Are you feeling shy, socially awkward, nervous in social settings and lack meaningful connections with others?  Are you more comfortable sending a text then talking with someone on the phone.  You may be spending too much time alone on the computer or hiding in your cave called home.  You may be more comfortable with a computer and your iphone than actually having a conversation face-to-face with someone.  You can learn to overcome this social handicap.

Surround yourself with people who have the qualities you wish to have. Their positive influence can give you courage.  Be inspired by their examples of being extroverted, social and adventurous, but still honor and acknowledge yourself.

Self-improvement implies there is something wrong with you. There is someone around you who admires your qualities and strengths.  Love yourself just the way you are and strive for growth not improvement.

Start accepting invitations to go to lunch, the movies, a party or on a trip.  Grow outside your comfort zone one step at a time.

The next time you are at a party, whether it is a small get together, a wedding, a social event at school, etc, look around for someone who seems to be even more shy than you and go talk to that person. Approaching someone who seems more shy will help you feel more confident and less alone.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t be too self-absorbed. So often our ego makes us think everything revolves us.  The ego will make you too self-conscious, when in fact everyone else is really focusing on themselves, not you.  Perfectionism will keep you stuck and shy.  Don’t strive to look and speak perfect…strive for progress.  That is too much pressure, very unrealistic and unhealthy.

If you feel invisible, insignificant or incompetent…develop your strengths.  If you are lacking in some skills i.e. writing, reading, speaking, computer skills, math, stuttering, image issues, dancing, dating, etc., seek opportunities to take classes.  Competence = confidence.  Once you feel more competent in something, the more it will reduce your shyness.  Don’t suffer or procrastinate, take a class, ask for help, sharpen your axe.

Don’t take life too seriously.  Don’t over analyze every conversation, new experience, rejection or a disappointment.  This was a big lesson for me.  I learned to develop a sense of humor and lighten up.  People and life are funny, crazy, different, unpredictable, amazing, wonderful, painful, beautiful, loving and scary.  Learn to enjoy and appreciate the diversity of life.

It’s also essential to let go of bad experiences. When you dwell on a bad experience, it grows into something much more frightening than reality. Don’t do this to yourself! The more you think about a bad experience, the more power you give it. Think about something constructive. The more you can fill your mind with positive memories of speaking up the easier it gets.

Give yourself a reward when you overcome a habit of shyness and practice confidence and courage.  Honor and celebrate your self-esteem and self-worth.  Each step of courage will introduce you to a new world of love, possibilities, awareness, joy and inner strength.

Saving yourself a little embarrassment doesn’t amount to much in the long run. By overcoming shyness, you give yourself the chance to be recognized and promoted. You create opportunities and open yourself up to forming meaningful relationships.

If you suffer from severe shyness, the root cause could be from a painful hurt from family, friends, job, childhood or rejection issues.  The pain and trauma can paralyze you because your mind believes the ugly words and lies from others spoken into your life.  Issues of abandonment, rejection, criticism and low self-esteem are possible triggers for shyness.

I welcome the opportunity to support you if you wish to have another level of support.  I am a life coach/counselor who can teach you wonderful ways to break the limiting habit of shyness.  Call me 323.964.1736 or email JewelMotivates@gmail.com

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