So I was in the gym this morning, all pumped up because it’s Monday and the week is starting off right. Here I am, already done teaching Spinning class, moving on to my own workout, kicking butt. Feeling great, woohoo! And I look up into the mirror at myself and I thought, “Wow, I look great today! I look and feel pretty, and man, my shoulders look awesome! And I look strong!” And you know what? I didn’t feel guilty or wrong or anything about admitting to myself that I am beautiful!
There is such a terrible culture these days centered on constantly degrading ourselves. Being so negative about our bodies and minds and everything we do. No one is ever good enough or pretty enough or thin enough, and it’s rampant among women and men! It’s almost as if we are seen as a bad person for having any self-confidence, for allowing ourselves to think positively and have a positive body image. Personally, I despise this culture, and I’m not going to stand for it anymore! It is one thing to be modest, but it is another to be so self-deprecating, you convince yourself and everyone around you that you are worthless. To me, that is worthless.
It’s time to start focusing on the positive. We all have wonderful qualities! I have strong shoulders, business acumen, and I can run for hours. I’m not embarrassed to say that, or to tell the world about it! I’m not bragging, I’m just not dragging myself down either. It’s a crazy idea, I know, but try it. Next time you have a judgmental thought about yourself, just say no, and turn it around. Give yourself permission to sing your own praises, just a little bit. I promise it will make a difference in your day, and in your life!