DAY 17 OF CHANGING MY LIFE:

I'm a 16 year old girl just looking to make herself the best person she can be. This is my journey. My peregrination. Unlike most self-development minded people, I don't know what I'm doing. So you get to watch me, and even join me, as I try to figure life out. Ahhhh scary concept, I know. But you can check in on me here on We Heart It, I POST EVERY DAY SUNDAY-FRIDAY. Thanks for clicking on this article!

I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of using your bad emotions for good. I may be wrong, but I think I first heard of this idea from Tony Robbins. It has intrigued me ever since I heard it a few months ago, and I gotta say, it's kinda changed my life. Basically the idea is, no matter WHAT you do in life, you're gonna experience negative emotions. Depression, fear, anger, grief, etc. As everyone already knows, the best thing to do is grow through those feelings. And I feel like using your bad emotions to do good and make yourself stronger is the perfect way to do it! For example, I got pretty frustrated about a week ago about some stuff going on in my life. I went on a run. It was the best run I've ever done, I totally crushed it. When I was missing someone, I used those strong feelings towards that person to work towards making the best situation possible for us, and was super productive as a whole. I am an incredibly emotionally driven person. Everything has to have feeling and passion behind it, and honestly, bad emotions can be some of the strongest to get me moving. So ever since I started thinking in this mindset, it has pushed me tremendously, and I feel much more in control of my emotion as well. It's kinda changing my life.

Day 19 of Jumpstart Your Growth:

Here's the book I'm following:

https://www.amazon.com/JumpStart-Your-Growth-90-Day-Improvement/dp/1455588318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528036753&sr=8-1&keywords=jumpstart+your+growth

By the time you're 17 years old, you've heard "No, you can't" an average of 150,000 times. You've heard "Yes, you can" about 5,000 times. That's 30 nos for every yes. That makes for a powerful belief of "I can't."
~ John Assaraf and Murray Smith

Day 19 is all about the way we talk to ourselves. I talk to myself A LOT, like to the point where I've googled how much talking to yourself you can do before it becomes emotionally unstable. John Maxwell, author of the book, says you tend to either encourage or criticize yourself. We talked about self-esteem yesterday, and your inner dialogue is a vital part of strengthening your self-confidence.(Here's the self-esteem article...)

Here's today's writing prompt: What is the nature of your self-talk? Write a list of the positive and negative thoughts you have about yourself. Tally the number of times you think something positive or negative over the next 24 hours. I'd like to think my self-talk is mostly encouraging, although I have my moments, like most people. But overall, I'm an optimist with high self-esteem. There are still certain areas I need to strengthen in my self-talk, however, so this was good for me. Maybe it'll help you too?

Did I do what I said yesterday I would do? Yes, I socialized pretty well. Could've done better, but not bad.
How did I fail today? I wasted some time and watched Youtube instead of reading.
How did I succeed today? Due to events in my life lately, I've been pretty down, and that energy has given off to people around me in public the last few months. Today I tried extra hard to smile at people and I got a lot of smiles back! It makes me so happy. :D
Tomorrow I will: Present myself well during introductions in my creative writing class.

Thanks for reading! If you have any advice, questions, comments, concerns, suggestions... Or if you just want to tell me about your pet rock. I don't care. I love messages, please go right ahead and let me know what you think!