Why are Gratitude And Positive Body Affirmations the most powerful key to achieving your fitness goals

Wayne Dyer wrote “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself”. The same is true when we judge ourselves. We are often define ourselves using negative thoughts.

The reason that we use negative thoughts is simple: Its easier to believe the worst about ourselves, especially when we aren’t achieving our fitness goals

To succeed we have to eliminate all negative thoughts and transform them into positive functional awareness. Gratitude, creating positive affirmations, and journaling are keys to making this change happen.

First it’s important to take a full body inventory to establish all the parts of your body you love, and those you’re not so crazy about. After this is accomplished, what happens next?

Let’s take a look at the importance of putting all of the body together as one unit; the importance of establishing a total positive body reverence and awareness.

It is important to remember the ultimate goal: full body acceptance.

A simple three step process will help you integrate positive thoughts about each of your body parts and the functionality of your body, as well as to advance positive awareness for the parts of the body which you once thought about unfavorably.

Step 1: Gratitude

The first step in the process of positive self awareness is gratitude. It is important for the flourishing of positive body awareness and growth that you establish a sense of gratitude for where you are in the moment and what shape and form your body is in right now.

In my opinion, this moves the focus off of the appearance of your body and shifts the awareness to its functionality.

During this first step, take time to appreciate the gifts your body has given you right now. Some questions to meditate upon include:

  • What are the gifts that I have been given?
  • Do I acknowledge my gifts and appreciate them for the uniqueness that they hold?
  • How do I show gratefulness for them?

I believe that we are all given unique talents and gifts from God in order to complete our purpose. I also believe that we succeed when we use these talents in pursuit of God’s purpose.

With respect to the body, however, think for a moment: What unique qualities does my body possess?

Take a few moments each day to say “thank you” by using these particular parts of yourself. If you need a checkpoint: Make note in your journal of your specific talents and the ways in which you use them.

Step 2: Create Affirmations

In effort to show love and reverence for your body, I love to use this secret weapon: affirmations. What I love about affirmations is, they put the energy of the universe in motion based on your desire. Therefore, to nurture a positive reverence for your body, use this step as an exercise, as well.

Here’s how: Take the gifts you have noted above and create positive statements about them.

For example:

  • Thank you for giving me the ability to run- I am so grateful!
  • Thank you for giving me strong legs with which to run!

After you have completed your gratitude list, there is a second part of the equation necessary of your consideration: Are you making time to use your gifts?

As I’ve said before, I believe that when we use our gifts, the universe smiles. I believe this is the most important part in our growth – utilizing our own gifts.

Make a note of affirmation to yourself in your journal: “Today I will find a way to utilize the talents for which I have been given.”

Then, look for the subtle opportunities. Continue by making a list of ways you could contribute to the world with what you have to offer. I believe you will find what you focus on expands. You may even realize gifts you never knew you had!

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Where the body is concerned, you can also use affirmations to turn your perceived subordinate body parts into strong and positive ones. Do this by becoming aware of your self talk.

Are there parts of yourself for which you exude negativity? Turn these negatives to positives. Again, in your journal, practice positive self talk.

• My body supports me, I love my body
• My legs are strong and secure they support me, I love my legs

It is important to make a constant and consistent effort to be aware of your body and speak to it in a positive manner. I believe the best and most concise way to do this is through your journal.

Step 3: Journal Exercises

Journaling is your connection to God and getting past negative thoughts. When you write words on a page, tell yourself that you are sending a message to the universe, a memo to God.

You are also sending a reminder to your future self. When she reads the words it strengthens her.

Our memories are faulty and often shaped by emotion. Having a journal is essential for focusing and concentrating your energy and remembering clearly.

  • In your journal choose 5 body parts you would like to focus on today
  • Create positive affirmative statements for each body part
  • Create positive affirmation for two exercises that you have been struggling with
  • Copy your affirmations to cards and carry them in your purse or wallet.

When you get a free moment in your day, take time to pull out the cards and read the affirmations aloud or to yourself.

In conclusion, continue journaling and inventorying your body everyday when you wake. Thank God for all its beauty and grace your body has, even with its faults. Love your body by being good to it, by resting it, exercising and practicing positive self talk.

Achieve your goals, live your dreams

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and should not be used or interpreted as such. You should always consult a medical professional before making drastic changes to your diet and physical exercise