I got a lot of inspiration for this topic from my amazing mother. She didn’t say it EXACTLY like this, but she sparked the idea in my mind. When it comes to her household, whenever there’s company, she wants the house clean. Okay, let’s face it, she wants it clean regardless, but especially when there’s company. The other day, she asked me to straighten up her couch cushions. After doing so, she thanked me and made this comment: “You take care of the things you take pride in. I take a lot of pride in my home.”
And it got me thinking, we can apply that to ourselves. You take care of yourself as much as you take pride in yourself. Meaning, you put in as much effort as you deem yourself worthy of. The more work you put in day in and day out, the more pride and confidence you have in yourself.
This all boils down to every decision you make – from the food you eat, the amount of activity and exercise you do, what you read, how you choose to perceive things, you positive or negative attitude, who you surround yourself with, what you surround yourself with. All of the decisions you make, whether consciously or subconsciously, ultimately are real time proof of how much pride you subconsciously feel about yourself.
In this and my next two blog posts, I will be breaking it down into three areas in which you take care of yourself: Mind, Body, and Spirit. In each area, there are ways (whether you realize it or not) in which you fulfill a sense of pride in yourself.
Today’s topic: MIND
Your mind is an EXTREMELY powerful thing. If you can control your own mind, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve anything. The cliche phrase that you can do anything you set your mind to is absolutely correct. There is never one way to do things and there is always another path to take, even if it is a little harder. But the reason most people don’t take that more difficult road is because they are too much in their own way to overcome the barriers, limits, and obstacles that their minds have set in front of them.
In my fitness career, I will be the first to admit that I have failed myself, or rather perceived myself as a failure or failing. It took some time, but I have learned that failure is never an option. Failure is merely a CHOICE. It is something that YOU decide to settle with.
What is the definition of the word fail?
- Read personal development books – they help to improve your outlook on others, on life and your outlook on YOU.
- Do puzzles, whether they are crosswords, Sudoku, physical puzzles. Do the ones that make you THINK. This keeps your mind sharp and on its toes, allowing you to improve critical thinking and memory.
- Participate in personal positive self talk – when you wake up every morning or every night before you go to bed, look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself 3-5 things that you love about yourself.
- Exercise. I touched on this in one of posts. Exercise is scientifically proven to enhance mood and aid in improving symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Meditate. Meditation helps to clear your mind and become one with yourself, putting yourself in the present and being mindful of your surroundings.
- Write down your goals and keep track of progress. This helps keep your mind focused and consistent.
- Try to learn something new EVERY DAY. Something my grandfather taught me growing up was that a day without learning something new, is another day wasted. It doesn’t matter what you learned. Whether you learned how to bake a cookie or how to build a rocket, learn something.
As I said before, your mind is a very powerful thing and its something that you have control of. Take pride in yourself enough and take care of it.
Since this post is a week late, I will only be sharing my stats for this week:
Current Stats (as of this morning):
Weight: 120.6 lbs (54.703 kg) [⇓ from 124.6 lbs]
Waist: 67.5 cm (26.575 in) [⇓ from 69.0 cm]
Hips: 84.5 cm (33.268 in) [⇓ from 85.0 cm]
Legs: 52.0 cm each leg (20.472 in) [⇓ from 53.5 cm]
Body fat: 16.9% (20.3 lbs fat mass, 99.7 lbs lean mass)
⇒ Last week: 16.9% (21.0 lbs fat mass, 103.0 lbs lean mass)