Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
I’ve just finished reading a book that was so good, I had to reread it immediately. The second time I was equipped with my yellow highlighter.
Yes, I am afraid I am one of those ladies who takes a pen or highlighter to her book to mark up the lines that hit home!
The book in question is called Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant.
This book was recommended by one of my first coaches almost 2 years ago. Being new to the coaching world at the time, it was one of the books that never quite made it out of my Amazon basket into my hands.
Until this week ….
For some reason, I felt called to revisit my old course notes from my coach and order those remaining books. Kamal’s included.
Kamal talks about a discovery he made, during the summer of 2011.
Stuck in a deep state of depression and bedridden with illness, Kamal made a pledge to himself.
The pledge, as you may be guessing, was to “love himself like his life depended on it.” Because for him, at that moment, it did.
Being bedridden, he took to chanting “I love myself” over and over again. Within a month, he was strong and healthy and his life had changed beyond recognition. The only way he could describe what he was seeing and experiencing was by describing it as “magic”!
I read a lot of books. At least one a week. Yet few books move me into that place of taking immediate action.
I don’t think I am alone on this. Statistics state that only 5% of people who read execute what they learn.
Kamal keeps his points simple. In fact, his story is only 58 pages long and consists of the following 3 steps:
1) Mental Loop
2) A Meditation
3) One Question
If I look back at my life, I have loved a lot of people. From my parents, grandparents, sister, nephews, friends, lovers and spouse.
Yet, when faced with the question. Have I channelled the same level of ‘love’ that I have shown or felt to each of these people, into myself? I had to take a step back because ….
The answer would be “no”.
As a coach myself, that realization made me sad.
But, this sadness was then replaced with gratitude to my first coach. I was grateful to her for directing me to this book, even if it did take me a while to pick it up.
You see that is the beauty with life. We have the ability to change anything, the moment we become aware of it.
So I have made a vow to love myself like my life depends on it. Because quite frankly, it does!
I am making a fierce commitment to flood my conscious and subconscious mind over the next 30 days. With one dominating thought: to love myself.
So I invite you, to join me on my 30 Day Love Challenge. You can get the book. Or you can simply follow these 3 steps:
The mental loop. Repeat “I love myself” in your mind throughout your day.
To ensure this habit can stick, I have both post-it notes up around my desk and put a reminder on my phone for 5 times throughout the day.
It is amazing what a shift this one reminder that “I love myself” is having on my thoughts and actions as a consequence.
Next is a meditation of 7 minutes. On the inhale, your only words are “I love myself”. On the exhale release any thought that comes up.
There is no way, even I can argue, that I don’t have 7 minutes a day for this.
Finally, when your mind slips to anything other than love (which yes is frequent) ask yourself the question “what would the answer be if I loved myself”?
That one question alone has lit a fire in my soul! And the actions I have taken this week in my business alone, is evidence to that.
Let’s see what a life can look like when we ‘love ourselves like our lives depend on it’.