We tend to think of mirrors as the thing you stand in front of while brushing your teeth or how you check yourself out in the morning before leaving the house. Or maybe its a cool body of water in which to see your reflection. In truth, mirrors are everywhere in our lives. The world we create for ourselves -- and the way in which we perceive it -- is constantly communicating back something about our thoughts, beliefs and emotional states. Look around your home, look at the people you surround yourself with, look at your relationship with money. What do these dynamics say about you? What do they reflect about your inner beliefs about yourself and the world?

As a coach, it is not uncommon to see myself in the concerns and struggles of my clients, and this reflection helps me take action in my own life. I can see good choices in food, or the way I treat my finances, as a direct composite of self worth and self valuing. I can see inner and outer abundance reflected in those friends who have created well-loved homes and families.

At the same time, mirrors can serve as a diagnostic tool. They help us see ourselves better, and we can use that insight to check in with ourselves (What's going on here? Do I like what I see, or do I need to make an adjustment?) Other people are excellent mirrors. Have you ever felt frustrated or angry at a driver for pulling out in front of you? Next time, stop to see yourself in the mirror and ask, why am I feeling angry? Does it have anything to do with this situation, or something going on in my life? It's easy to assign emotions to other people when, in fact, they often stem from within us.

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