Thoughtful Thursday: Be Proud

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What makes you feel proud? We’re proud that we have the opportunity to travel and share stories about how great the world is.  We’re also proud that we have such amazing people as part of our Contiki community – you guys rock!

This week’s Thoughtful Thursday reminds us all that we should be proud of ourselves first.  If you need a reminder, being a Contiki traveler means that you’re traveling the world, something that you should be very proud of.  Check it out!


Guest Post by Christine Hassler

“I’m proud of you.” Aren’t those words nice to hear? Growing up it is probably one of the things we wanted to hear most from our parents. And as we have grown up and bought into insecurities along the way, it is natural to want the known approval and acknowledgment from others, especially those we love or aim to please. But striving to make another proud can sometimes steer us off course from our own purpose. And consistently yearning for a pat on a back from someone else reinforces relying on external validation to feel better about ourselves, perpetuating a consciousness of taking rather than creating.

A question to ponder: Are you hooked up to an external pride IV pumped with other people’s expectations and approval? Are you doing things in your life that are about appeasing someone else rather than coming from an internal desire? Do you not feel confident or successful unless you hear “I’m proud of you” from an outside source? If so, it is high time to starting pumping some pride through your veins! Feeling proud is wonderful which becomes even more wonderful when it is self-driven and self-acknowledged. Do not wait for someone else to praise you in order to feel fantastic about yourself. Everyday set the intention to do something or behave in some way that generates pride which is defined as “a feeling of self-respect and personal worth.” And after you do, make sure to say to yourself, “I’m proud of you!”

You are worthy, you are deserving, and you are already a success.


Christine Hassler

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.” – Jane Austen

“Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.” – William Blake

About the Author:

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about…but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. In 2005, she wrote the first guide book written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine’s second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s.

Today, she supports individuals as a Life Coach helping clients discover the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 10,000 college students as well as to conferences and corporations about generational diversity. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked.

Christine is the spokesperson for Zync from American Express and the key resource for their Quarterlife Program which empowers young people to take control of their finances. She also created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute and is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100.

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