You've probably heard me say it before:
In order for us to truly lead happy and healthy lives, we need to believe in ourselves first and foremost.
This is why I put such a focus on mindset.
Sometimes though, it’s easier said than done, so here I'm sharing some inspiration that will hopefully help you to stop being your own worst critic and start becoming your own biggest cheerleader!
Firstly, you deserve to be healthy and happy. You truly do! But I don't want you to think of focusing on yourself as being selfish. In order to do your best, give your best and support your loved ones, you need to be in a position of feeling your best too.
Let’s touch on what I think is the most crucial aspect of becoming your own biggest cheerleader, and that is Self-Acceptance.
It’s a big one, and I know we can all struggle with it at times, myself included. Particularly when it comes to managing stress and weight, my friend refers to my 'cortisol pouch' that appears around my waist whenever I fall off track or become too stressed.
In my 15 years as a personal trainer and the past few years as a nutritional therapist, I see time and time again that we’re really good at being hard on ourselves. We tend to stay mad or upset with ourselves indefinitely, preventing us from implementing positive change.
Well, I have a secret for you, and I'm certain I'm not the only one who knows it - your friends and loved ones will know this about you too.
The secret: who you are right now is beautiful, complex, wise, resilient, adaptable and the perfect point of reference to make any change your heart desires.
You see, who you are and where you are right now is the result of all the experiences you've lived, the lessons you've learned, the achievements you've made and the barriers you've broken.
We can only build upon ourselves as we currently exist, and the best way to ensure our growth is to accept and believe wholeheartedly in ourselves as we truly are right now.
Everything that makes us who we are is what gives us our tools and power to move forward.
The wonderful thing is, you’re already using your power each and every day. Perhaps at the moment, you are using it to continue to do and be where and who you are right now. You are strong enough to choose what’s best for you - how you use your power, lessons and knowledge.
You deserve to live and breathe the health and happiness you desire - because when you are happy and healthy you have more of yourself to give, and you WILL achieve anything.
Never doubt yourself because of who you are.
Try to no longer put yourself down, because with the power of self-acceptance, you can beat the negative self-talk.
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