As I progress through the days, weeks and even months of the year, I sometimes find myself getting lost within the inevitable stressors of life. Having just moved recently, there have been a number of life changes I have had to deal with and it hasn’t been easy to adjust.
When I start to feel doubt, stress, anxiety about what I am doing, it gets exhausting… These negative feelings build up to a point that make me forget why I even started doing what I do and can make me lose sight of where I am going…It’s in the moments of feeling this way that I need to change my mindset.
When it comes to my fitness journey in particular, I have decided to take some time away from competing to invest in growing and transforming my body. Because of my decision, it's really important that I work on reminding myself just how far I have come, how great I am and what it is that I want to do. By shifting my thinking from negative to positive, I am able to re-affirm my wants, my thoughts, and my passions.
One of the ways I work on doing this is through affirmations, a practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. Affirmations are usually short, positive statements that target a specific area, behavior, or belief that you're struggling with. By deciding on what you want, believing it’s possible, manifesting in the good feelings that it brings about, generates excitement and momentum.
The key to a powerful affirmation is that it needs to be in the present tense, needs to be positive, needs to be personal and it needs to be specific.
Focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want.
Focus on YOU, focus on SPECIFIC, focus on POSITIVE.
There is so much power in the way you think and when we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance in ourselves that our wishful words will become reality.
Use affirmations in any situation where you'd like to see a positive change take place. When you speak out positive things about yourself, they too can begin to manifest in your life. Think about the things you want and feel excited about them.
Some of my positive affirmations I have are:
"I am confident that I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful."
“I am working hard to achieve my goals to become a natural IFBB Pro.”
“I am grateful that I am hardworking, strong and capable.”
“I can do this.”
By repeating these to myself, especially in moments when I can start to feel negative, I am able to shift my focus and generate excitement.
You ARE the masterpiece of your own life. Be you, have conviction and just do the dang thing.