I think I smell like poop
This is going somewhere more positive, just keep reading…
I recently started working in early intervention education and occasionally have to change some diapers. Recently, I had to facilitate a Toastmasters meeting right after work. I had changed a lot of diapers that day and it seemed that the smell of a dirty diaper was part of my being. I was so self conscious about it that I sprayed some perfume on.
At the end of the meeting, the perfume smell had worn off and the poop smell seemed to back. I actually asked a friend, who has many children and would recognize, ‘ode de poop’ if he smelled it, and asked him if I smelled. He said no, I smelled fine. Whew, my mind was finally at ease. Another person, having overheard the conversation, burst out laughing and said, “You should give a speech titled ‘I think I spell like poop!’ HA.
I got to thinking about that and the more I thought about it, the more I considered, the issue really wasn’t how I smelled, but how I thought I smelled. My perception of my foul odor was upsetting my sense of self, all for naught. There was no odor and no reason for me to be concerned!
How often have you had poor self-perception? Maybe for women it was the last time you bought a bathing suit or for guys, the last time they went to the gym. Often times our self-perception is actually a misconception.
How can you combat poor self-perception? In my case it was fairly easy… I asked a trusted friend if my thoughts on the situation were correct. Of course, you have to be prepared for an honest answer. If your self-perception is correct and your trusted friend is honest with you, you then need to look positively on the situation and make a plan for change.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to make a plan for change. If you need a positive change… plan it and do it. You GOT this!
*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*