Love Yourself… and the rest will fall into place!

Those who cultivate Power, Identify with Power.  Those who cultivate failure, Identify with failure.

– Tao Te Ching, No. 23

You should exercise unrelenting discipline over your thought patterns.  Cultivate only productive attitudes… You are the product of everything you put into  your body and mind.

– I Ching, No. 27

Which statement below provides you with hopemotivationcourageconfidence, and excitement?

  • I am an over-the-hill, no-good, out-of-shape, pitiful loser who does not deserve to be here (at the gym) with all these lean and toned fitness enthusiasts.  I am just not meant to exercise.
  • I am a strong, vibrant, talented, physically fit winner who deserves the chance to be the best, reaching all of my health and fitness goals. I am perfectly capable of completing my exercise program.

We have all experienced a time in our lives when the first statement repeated over and over in our minds.  Next time this statement enters your mind, stop it!  You have the Power and control to stop negative thoughts, and replace them positive, uplifting words.

To replace negative self-talk with positive thoughts, create a list of each negative self-talk comment and change this comment to the opposite.     For instance:

  • “I don’t have enough talent” to “I have abundance of talent.”
  • “I’m too slow, too short, or too heavy” to “I’m fast, tall enough, with the perfect weight.”
  • “I’m a failure” to “I’m a success.”
  • “I always choke in tough situations” to “I always get up for tough situations.”
  • “I don’t deserve to be here” to “I deserve to be here.”
  • “I’m not good enough” to “I’m more than good enough.”

Create an image in your mind as you repeat each positive affirmation to validate its meaning – feel the love… the passion… own it!

We all have positive qualities and attributes, but often fail to give ourselves credit for them to avoid appearing conceited.  The result?  We  believe we are less than we are!

Create a list of 5 personal attributes or qualities that define you as they relate to each of the following 5 areas of life:  physicalspiritualprofessionalemotional, and social.  Choose one attribute or quality from each category, and create a positive affirmation to repeat to yourself each day.

The exercises above will help you eliminate negative self-criticism from your daily life, and adopt a positive and meaningful existence.

Reference:

Al Huang, C. & Lynch, J (1992).  Thinking Body Dancing Mind: Tao Sports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

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About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering "chronologically-enriched" clients about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle and preventing injury. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, and group exercise instructor—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, public speaking, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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