Imagine if you started obsessing over the things you LOVED about yourself, rather than the things you want to change?
Over time, I have come to realize that the practice of yoga may present us with challenges, and it often asks us to embrace and overcome a variety of obstacles.
If you think about it, our daily lives also do the same.
More often than not, the obstacles we face in our everyday lives seem to affect us more than they should. And once you’re in a rut, it’s not so easy to remind yourself that it’s up to you what you think and how you feel.
After all, you create the energy you attract, right?
While we all know, as it is told, “Empowered women empower women,” it is easier said than done to come to terms with the person you are and the things you’ve encountered and experienced.
Learning to accept exactly where you are at the present moment forces us to call into question the validity of our everyday thoughts, actions, and feelings.
All of the obstacles placed in front of us serve a purpose, whether we are aware of it or not.
Obstacles are a catalyst for acceptance and furthermore– a catalyst for transformation.
In collaboration with Athleta, I am honored to be a part of the #PowerofShe, a movement that is igniting a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential.
In order to begin work on becoming the best version of yourself, you must learn to accept a favorite mantra of mine: Meet yourself where you’re at.
Whether you consider you consider yourself a serious athlete or you’re just getting into fitness, below are four tips to help you meet yourself exactly where you are at this very moment– to overcome and embrace change and become the best, most empowered and mindful version of yourself there is.
1. Let Go of Past Reliances
You can choose to look back on the adventure that brought you to where you are right now with as much resentment and unsatisfaction as you choose.
Or, you could begin to create the energy you want to attract.
Stop holding grudges and living your life with regrets.
Start looking back and bless the journey that brought you here.
All of the circumstances that life has offered you whether they be good or bad and the way that you interacted and reacted to those circumstances have led up to this moment, right now.
Bless what you have been offered, and bless all of the choices you made.
Learn to be okay with letting go of your reliances from the past.
The past is the past, the future is the future, the present is now.
Learn to be mindful.
You are here, now– and the present moment is all that matters.
2. Make Peace with Your Imperfections
The way you view yourself is determined by the way you choose to perceive yourself.
If you are constantly obsessing over the things you would change about yourself, how about trying to start obsessing over the things you love?
Stop comparing yourself to others and focusing on your flaws.
Start shaping your life, your thoughts, your choices, your body, your relationships, your joys, and your personal transformation from a space of pure unconditional love and appreciation.
Begin by complimenting yourself. Start wearing outfits you’ve been dying to wear, leave the house with no makeup, and do whatever it takes to come to terms with what you consider to be your flaws.
Afterall, you construct your own flaws.
If you want to see change, only you can make it happen.
Learn to love the body you are in, and learn to love the person you are.
You are amazing because you are you.
Embrace your flaws, and set your mind to positivity.
3. Don’t Be Controlled By What You Think Others Think
It is our natural, humanistic desire to crave connection and acceptance.
This desire, however, has the ability to hamper us, when we let the opinions of others decide how we should live our lives.
Stop thinking about what others think about you.
Start paying attention to what you think and feel, rather than what you assume others are thinking.
Take time to observe your thoughts and your feelings.
Spend 10 minutes every morning or every evening journaling– what were your thoughts like today? how did you feel? what are you grateful for.
Grab an old notebook and create your own gratitude journal. Or, purchase my favorite tool for self-mastery, the Dailygreatness Yoga Journal.
While sometimes pursuing our passions can be a lonely road, it’s the only road that will lead to success, fulfillment, and true connection.
Cherish your differences with others to build connections that will last a lifetime.
You don’t need anyone else’s approval to be yourself.
4. Show Up For Yourself
Hold yourself accountable by making time for yourself every single day, no matter how long or how short that length of time may be.
You come first.
Stop making excuses.
Start doing the things that give you joy, make you happy, and make you feel good.
In order to start showing up for yourself, know who you are and what you desire in life.
That way, you can start making the choices to get you there.
No matter how busy your days may be, take time every single day for yourself.
It could be an hour, it could be fifteen minutes.
Sign up for an exercise class you’ve been dying to try. Perfect your nightly routine and complete it every night before bed. Meditate for ten minutes every morning. Journal every night. Treat yourself to a movie, a cup of coffee or a new book every Friday. Make a space in your home for yoga.
Set goals, set intentions, and trust yourself.
Always make choices that honor your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as they arise.
This is how you love yourself, honor yourself, and take care of yourself.
There is no one else who can do this but you.
The #PowerofShe continues with YOU! What’re you doing this month to start realizing your full potential and become the best version of yourself there is?