Celebrate Your Life Story

January 20

There’s an old saying, “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” The same holds true regarding the chatter that is going on in your head. If your mind is filled with negative self-talk that threatens to rob you of your happiness then you need to change the conversation.{+}

When you say something often enough you begin to believe it. More powerful sometimes than actions, words cut to the very core of our souls. So if you self-talk about hating the way you look, about being fat and unattractive, or if you are calling yourself names, sooner or later, you will begin to believe all of that. And the sad thing is, that once you start to believe it, you be it. Yes, you become what you think you are.

Your self-esteem diminishes and your dreams get pushed aside. All of your aspirations get filed away into the “maybe someday when the time is right” folder. You become a second-class citizen in your own mind.

Are you ready to reclaim your passion and get back to that feeling? That wonderful feeling of having nothing but possibilities in front of you. The best way to dodge the demeaning dialogue of negativity, guilt and defeat is to begin each day with affirmations.

If you speak words of praise and gratitude to all that you have achieved, you will feel uplifted and capable of success. A feeling of calmness will come over you once you realize what a magnificent creature you really are. When the need to punish yourself has passed, you can move forward to accomplish greater feats in your life.

One of the big things you might notice when you talk positively to yourself is the way that you embrace life and accept all of its challenges.

Give your day a power punch by beginning with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of all that you have to be thankful for. Write all of these things down and read them back to yourself. Take time for some peaceful meditation, allowing your appreciation for life to fill your spirit with love and gratitude.

Take deep breaths, stretch your arms above your head and lower them back to your sides, slowly and deliberately. Avoid straining, and make sure to relax your face, neck and shoulders. Allow the stress to escape as your mind, body and spirit is filled with positive energy for a healthy balance both physically and mentally.

Dismiss negative thoughts and don’t allow them to rule your actions. Make your self-talk an affirmation of love and appreciation. I guarantee you that if you start each day this way, you will feel less stressful and you will have a better self-image, instead of punishing yourself with negative words and feelings.

Start today, sit quietly for a few minutes and reflect on all of the wonderful things in your life. Shut out all negative thoughts and fill your mind with positive affirmations of all of your accomplishments. Be sure to meditate on any changes you would like to bring forth in your life. Stamp out any thoughts of criticism or deprecation.

Repeat: I am beautiful, I am strong, and I have accomplished some wonderful things in my life.

Once your day is off to a good start with positive words of praise, devote some time to your daily fitness journal. This is an excellent time to write down your goals for the week or begin your day’s entry.

As I have said throughout these posts, the journal is your success story. It is your own account of your days, weeks and months. By faithfully keeping your journal you will learn much about what and how much you consume each day. Be sure to write down everything that you eat and drink for a full assessment of your eating habits.

Whatever your fitness level, I urge you to begin keeping a journal. Experienced athletes will find the journal an especially helpful tool as you take your workouts to the next level. If you are the type of girl who is always ready for a challenge, your life story can be an adventurous one.

There’s something powerful about challenging yourself by practicing goal setting. When you follow up that challenge with the accountability of a journal you further your chance of success. As I have mentioned before, it has been proven time and again, that people who keep a journal of everything they eat and drink and all of their daily activities have a far greater chance of success than those who do not.

Remember, it takes at least thirty days to make or break a habit. You must repeat a behavior for 30 consecutive days in order to form a new habit. Regular exercise is habit forming. Now that you know how your brain goes about making a habit, it will be easier for you to train your brain so that exercise becomes a regular part of your life.

Some of you may be surprised at how much physical activity that you are capable of especially if you take the 90-Day-Challenge to Empower Beauty®. There’s a certain magic that occurs after 90 days of challenging yourself with your journal. Exercise and healthier eating become more natural. As you accomplish feats you never thought possible, you’ll be energized with enthusiasm and motivated to continue this new way of living.

Let “Day One” be “Page One” of your own personal legend of dedication, commitment, courage, perseverance, and success. Rejoice in all that you have achieved and be happy. Be true to yourself and honor your body. Inscribe your dreams and desires to commemorate with your success. Your journal is your witness and it can speak volumes.
It’s your life story… start celebrating today.

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One Comment

  1. I think… that’s a good plan. I’ve been trying to turn around the negetive thought process using Ekhart Tolle’s teachings, but I haven’t finished the book yet. Still a work in progress, and old habits are tricky to turn around. If only there was a switch that you could flick to turn the unhelpful thinking off. Are you still working on it too? Or have you conquered it already? I’m such a big thinker… so it’s going to take a lot of perseverance. Thanks for the reminder to keep working on it. Sometimes, I think you just need a happy thought to turn it around, like sunny days in Paris… ahhh :-)

  2. Belinda on 01/21/2010 at 10:31 pm