April 2014 has been quite the month. I feel like so much has been turned on its ear. I've been quite a bit off-kilter, but it has been with great resolve that I've dug in my heels and weathered the various storms life has sent my way recently. And boy have I grown a LOT from it.
My own sense of self worth began to grow and flourish when I realized that there is no single human being on this planet who will like me, approve of me, or validate me 100% of the time. There will come a time in each and every relationship that we will disagree about something. It's human nature. It's nature itself. No two exactly alike. Some very similar but not one exact duplication.
I've always sought to be an individual, my own person, even throughout growing up with great pressure to 'be like' others in various ways, shapes and forms. But whenever I tried to do something against my preferences, solely in an attempt to 'fit in' somewhere, there's always been this rebellious part of me who still knows how to follow her heart and intuition, and which refuses to be muted so easily, herded in to the crowd to like what everyone else likes and do things how everyone else does them.
"Daily Mojo: Find the most popular TV shows, radio programs, movies, foods, drinks and entertainment - and AVOID them. Popularity breeds mediocrity, and you must break free from the cult of mediocrity." ~
And so, with recent disagreements with a few people close to me, I've started to learn to trust my decisions, because only I know my own gut feelings, only I can interpret them the way that feels best in my heart. Not everyone will agree with me 100% of the time, and so accepting and acknowledging that fact frees me from wondering what others think of my decisions, my choices and my life path. I'm no longer bound by the resentment that comes with 'people pleasing'. Yes, I am kind, compassionate, loving, and as non-judgmental as one human can be. However, I now also respect myself enough to set the standard for how others will or won't treat me. I don't have to be mean in expressing those standards; however, I will be firm and mean what I say. I trust and believe in myself enough to do so now.
If you're struggling with feelings of unworthiness, I believe you too can begin to reclaim your sense of self worth by learning to trust in yourself. How? Where to start? Keep self-promises. "Do no harm, but take no sh*t." Look up some affirmations. Don't judge or compare yourself to others. We are each a unique individual spark of creation and therefore comparing ourselves to another person is simply counterproductive and energy draining.
I leave you this week with a series of motivational, self-esteem-boosting memes, followed by info regarding a brand new 6-ish week Fitness & Nutrition Accountability Support Group on Facebook I'll be kicking off soon.
Looking for Motivation to Get Fit in Time for Summer?
Here's the scoop: I'm taking ONLY 15 members for this group. It'll last through the first day of summer, June 21. Daily accountability guaranteed. No purchase required. I've already had 3 spots confirmed and there are 2-3 others interested currently. I have a feeling this group will fill up fast!
The only two requirements for membership into the group are to:
-- sign up for a FREE Team Beachbody account at this link: www.beachbodycoach.com/sparkyourmotivation
-- post/comment regularly for the duration of the group
Anything goes = workout + nutrition plan of your choice. I can help recommend a workout and/or nutrition program (Beachbody or otherwise) if you'd like. Just let me know!
If you choose to purchase a Beachbody workout program, you'd be eligible to take part in the Beachbody Challenge, earn a free t-shirt and be eligible for cash prizes.
It's recommended that you take "before" photos, measurements and weight, as there are multiple ways of measuring progress. You'd be free to share your "befores" if you wish, or keep them private. Your choice!
Think it over and if you find you have any questions, ask away! I'd love to have you join me in making positive steps toward an amazing summer!! If you decide that this is the group for you, go ahead and sign up at the link mentioned above and let me know by commenting below or emailing me!
Until next time ...... Catch me in conversation on Facebook or Twitter or comment below. Let me know how you're preparing for an amazing summer. I look forward to chatting with you!