I’m a fantastic athlete. I’m a great mom. I’m good at trying new things & doing a really good job at slaying them. I love to be afraid of doing something new, feel the fear & then do it anyway. I’m a hard worker. I’m strong. And I’m really smart.
I’m not going to lie to you & say I don’t have insecurities or I don’t have anxiety ridden moments that I’m flunking at life. Trust me, I do. But, for the longest time, I would never make bold statements out loud about myself like I did above because I was so afraid the person I was saying them to would tell me I was wrong about myself.
I’ve had it happen plenty of times; “friends” or people I looked up to would tell me I’m not smart, I’m overly confident in the self-esteem department when there’s not much to be confident about, I’m not going to be good at whatever I’m trying. The crazy thing is, I would listen to them! Their opinion of me would be so overwhelmingly loud that I’d believe every word over what I truly believed about myself.
Why is it we are more likely believe the negative someone else puts on us & not the positive? Cause guess what? We get to decide we are [fill in blank.] You want to be an athlete? You can become one today, all you have to do is lace up your shoes & go for a run. Lift some weights. Go for a bike ride. Go for a hike. Sign up for the next local 5k. Want to learn something new? You can learn how to decorate a cake, a new language, go to that new gym, restaurant, flea market, art show, festival, trip, whatever it is you’ve never done before but have been dying to try. All you have to do is go for it.
Feel like your life needs to be healthier, you want to tone up, or go down a few sizes in your jeans?? You have the ability right there inside of you to make it happen. All you have to do is make the choice & then follow through. The only thing stopping you, is you. I’m speaking from experience here; I have felt like a slave to sugar cravings, lethargy, fatigue & the inability to make meaningful change. I so so so get it. I promise, I do! Heck, I’ve spent the last 2 months off track with my health & fitness & it’s time to dig my way back out.
As I’ve gotten older, the most powerful realization I’ve had is YOU & I get to decide who we are, what we want to be, the things we want to try. We define ourselves, no one else does. Isn’t that so freeing?? Do not let the naysayers, the negative voices, the people who are spending more time working against you when they should be working with you, stop you from being the best version of who you are meant to be. I promise WE can do it & WE are worth it!