How to: 4 step Daily Personal Inventory (+ Mrs Meyers Giveaway) - Evolved Mommy
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Several years ago I was given the most amazing gift. I was loved by others until I could love myself. At the time I would’ve never imagined I could be happy again, but these friends held me up, helped me make some tough choices and taught me how to live.
That process started nearly a decade ago, and after a few false starts really gained traction six years ago. To this day I still work (almost) everyday to improve myself and the world around me.
Some days I forget, some nights I’m just too tired, and other times I just don’t wanna. But for the most part I work to be a better human on a daily basis.
Oh, yeah. There are days when I fail miserably.
But there are also days when I make it to my reflection time, and I can genuinely feel proud that I was able to use the tools I have been given in some amazing way.
Daily Personal Inventory
One of the most vital parts of my lifestyle is a daily personal inventory. It isn’t something I necessarily enjoy during the process. But, after I’ve gotten things down on paper, it’s pretty easy to put them in perspective and start working to correct any missteps.
I equate this experience to “runner’s high”. For me running sucks, but that ten-feet-tall-and-bullet-proof feeling I get afterward almost makes it worth the dry heaving. Almost.
4 step daily personal inventory
Next to my bed is a small notebook, and every night as soon as I get in bed I start my inventory ritual. This process isn’t anything I’ve dreamed up or invented. It is a process I was taught by some important friends, and it’s a small part of a much bigger process, but it’s so important to me that I want to share it with you.
- Admit selfishness, wrongdoing, resentfulness, dishonesty or fear-driven behavior. This is where I write a quick sentence or two about any interactions I’ve had during the day that I regret or wish I’d handled better.
- Make it right. Write down what action I need to take to correct the situation. Sometimes correcting the situation means I need to apologize. Sometimes the best thing I can do for someone is to leave them alone. In this step I also visualize how the interaction would’ve gone if I’d handled it better. This is a powerful piece of the process because it equips me with better, more loving words when I find myself in a similar conversation later.
- Pray. Here I ask God to remove selfishness, resentment, dishonesty and fear. I ask him to help me make it right as quickly as possible. I also ask for help to react better in the future.
- Be helpful. The last step is to turn my thinking immediately to how I can be helpful to someone else. I am not vague. Its important to write down something specific and then do it immediately. For example, I might offer to keep a friend’s toddler for a while within the next week. The helpfulness rarely has anything to do with the first three steps.
Clean house: literally and figuratively
This summer we’ve done some serious house cleaning in the figurative sense. I’m not ready to tell you about it yet, but there are exciting things happening in our household (no, I’m not pregnant).
Mrs. Meyers Giveaway
In honor of these changes, I’m giving away the most fabulous housecleaning products from Mrs. Meyers. One lucky reader will win four free Mrs. Meyers products of your choice. FYI, my favorites are the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day counter spray and the dish detergent. They make my house smell fabulous. If only I loved to clean as much as I love the smell of clean.
Enter to Win
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