Thursday, December 25, 2008

10 Tips for Unpacking your "Baggage" - Tip #3

Tip #3: Get an Advocate!

Now that you have all of this feedback and insight on yourself, it's important to stay aware of the unproductive behaviors you want to change. One way to do this is by getting an advocate. Your advocate is basically someone who you trust (usually a best friend), who knows you and cares enough about you to tell you when you're "happening" again. They are the person you authorize in your life to be "straight up" with you when they observe you exhibiting the behaviors you're working to change or when you solicit their opinion. We're all works in progress so it's very likely that you will "happen" more often than not, but don't get discouraged. Your baggage didn't build up over night so don't expect to be able to unpack it in one night either. With the help of your advocate you'll find yourself getting more aware of your unproductive behaviors and better able to manage them.