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.
My Drive and Motivation
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.
My Caring and Empathy
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.
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.
Enjoying the Time I Spend with My Pups
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.
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.
I'm a pretty anxious person. If nothing else, I don't want my anxiety to prevent me from having adventures.