It is not every day that I wake up feeling fresh and GET FIT DIVA-ready. Sometimes it takes coercion to look beyond my flaws. I’m not just referring to my physical ones but those thoughts that make me question my personal and professional journey that don’t necessarily encompass what I’m eating, how much I’m moving, or what hot new fitness trend or fashion I get to try this week.
Every day I make a point to look at myself naked. Yes, NAKED. And say three amazing things about myself. This is from a woman that couldn’t look in front of a mirror during a retreat exercise a few years ago and say three good things about herself while FULLY CLOTHED.
I take note of my progress and I make sure to give my strong arms (which in a moment of self-hate yesterday I called “lunch lady arms”–I am going to blame it on bad lighting making a bad picture), my long legs that have carried me near-far-and-everywhere in between, and my endearing smile their compliments. I’m a staunch believer that a woman should compliment at LEAST 3 of her physical assets followed by three of her mental and spiritual assets each day. For me, it usually when I am getting dressed and ready to seize the day. This is when I need to add positive affirmations of self to my arsenal. It is like adding gasoline to your fuel tank. It is crazy how a few uplifting words can carry your spirit each day.
I accept my flaws. There are things about me that I cannot change physically unless I opt for surgical intervention. My eight inch heart surgery scar isn’t pleasant to look at but it is a daily reminder of what my body has been through and how fortunate I am to be alive. My stretch marks tell a tale of birthing two eight-pound baby boys naturally and how every moment off being pregnant and of motherhood have been the most incredible moments of my life. These physical flaws are nothing to my mental and spiritual strengths so why let my mind bully my body?
Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.” Steve Maraboli, “Life, the Truth, and Being Free”
But what about those strengths!?! By putting focus on your many strengths, you can move beyond being fixated into our flaws. It’s not easy but it is a better way to start (or end or break away from) your day. I urge you to celebrate your strengths and what makes YOU unique and fabulously (im)perfect.Celebrate your strengths!
And like my spirit human, Carrie Bradshaw a la Sex and The City, asserts, the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship is the one you have with YOURSELF. Your mother, your friends, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker can all tell you are fabulous until they are blue in the face but if you don’t believe it, it’s all in vain.
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