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Ten Things I Don't Want to Change About Myself

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Someone challenged me to make a list of ten things I don't want to change about myself. This is actually a really start thing to do anywhere on the road to self improvement. 

Anytime we try to improve ourselves, we have to remember what Steven Covey said: "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." This gives me the freedom to make my own decisions and choose to improve myself. 

Like I said, on this constant (and maybe cliche) journey to be a better me, someone asked me to come up with ten things that I don't want to change about myself. To begin, I wasn't sure if I wanted to do traits or activities, so I tried to do five of each. Of course, that's not quite how it worked out, but here's what I can up with. 

ONE

My Drive and Motivation

TWO

My Moderate Perfectionism

Okay, "moderate perfectionism" needs some explanation. I am a perfectionist; I have worked years to find a balance. In fact, growing up, my parents would say, "Do you do your best?" And my answer was always, "No." I thought "doing my best was doing the best possible under the ideal circumstances. Well, it's not. That's what moderate perfectionism is: it's doing your best under the current circumstances. 

THREE

My Caring and Empathy

FOUR

My Objectivity and Ability to Detach

Surprisingly, three and four seem like opposites, but towards others, I'm pretty good at balancing these two. To myself, however, I am not. I am way too hard on myself. 

FIVE 

My Enthusiasm

SIX

My Persistence

Some days, swimming is hard. I try to finish whatever I'm doing with a smile on my face. I don't want to lose that. 

SEVEN 

Enjoying the Time I Spend with My Pups

EIGHT 

Enjoying the Time I Spend with Exercising

While this seems obvious, and maybe it doesn't, but exercising can get really stressful, especially when coming back from an injury. No matter what I do or how hard I train, I want to make sure I actually enjoy this. 

NINE 

Enjoying the Time I Spend Cooking

And, I'm on a diet. No really. But I love to cook. Balancing my time, being healthy, and trying to be healthier while still enjoying cooking is sometimes challenging. However, I don't want to stop enjoying cooking. 

TEN

Having Adventures

I'm a pretty anxious person. If nothing else, I don't want my anxiety to prevent me from having adventures. 

So what are the ten things you wouldn't change about yourself?