Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Your Needs Met is up to YOU!

MyMindset: I have the courage to communicate my needs.

What do you need, but aren’t getting and what can you do about it?

I could go into all the reasons why it isn’t healthy to get attached to a certain outcome, or how we really have very few actual ‘needs,’ but I am not going to do that. I am going to answer as a mom, not a coach. As a mom, I often feel like I need my kids to listen to me and do what I ask them to do. Am I getting that? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. 

The second part of the question is the real treasure here - WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? I love this, because it calls me to take some sort of action. If you have a need (real or perceived) that isn’t being met - as a mom, in a relationship, at work, etc. - you can either accept it or you can ask yourself what you can do about it. Notice I am not asking what someone else (my kids) can do about it, I am asking what I can do about it. The possibilities become almost endless -
My kids aren’t always listening to me - what can I do about it?

  • Stop talking or talk/ask for a lot less
  • Ask them why they aren’t following direction
  • Ask myself if the directions are really important
  • Consider why they sometimes listen and follow direction (what is the common denominator)
  • Be curious about why this is so important to me
  • Etc., etc., etc.
If my needs aren’t being met then I am responsible for making it happen. My needs are my responsibility. I have the courage to communicate my needs and I also have the ability to meet them all on my own.

Now it’s your turn:
What do you need, but aren’t getting and what can you do about it? 

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