Every one of us wants to be the best at something. The best employee in the workspace, the best student in class, the smartest or funniest or best looking, just be the best at something. These ambitions are great but sooner or later, someone comes along and is better, and that’s just life.
But what if we just tried to be the best “us”? Why not try and be the best version of you that you can possibly be? Why not focus your energy something that will serve you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life? Starting today, why not take your health and wellness to the next level? To quote Michael Beckwith “ Energy flows where attention goes“. Decide and act and you will begin to manifest becoming the best you.
Healthy and balanced nutrition gives you that glow
The word ‘’healthy” is often associated with eating nutritious and unprocessed foods but too often people believe that means they are sentenced to a life of salads. Let’s think that through-if you just eat salads not only are you lacking several vital nutrients, how long do you seriously think you can keep that up? A week? If you’re really driven a month? Nutritional guidelines determined by the British Nutrition Foundation encourage eating a variety of foods that allow your body to get all the required nutrients. Even the sweet stuff is ok in moderation. Not only will your body appreciate the variety, your brain will too. Restricting yourself causes angst and unconsciously you’ll form negative beliefs and ultimately set yourself up for failure and misery.
Eating foods that help your body thrive will result in having more energy. You can forget the feeling of being bloated or so lethargic you need to take a nap after eating. Your skin will start glowing and the excess pounds will fall off without struggle, not to mention the shrinking waistline 😊 These benefits are great but the best part is you will feel better about yourself and that brings a new level of confidence and happiness in life.
Being active makes you stronger
Have you ever tried to tally all of the hours you spend scrolling on your phone or sitting at a desk working on the computer? Did you know that sitting is the new “smoking”? Sitting for extended periods of time causes a range of aches and pains, but it also causes mood swings, adds to stress, and literally is as bad your health and wellbeing as smoking cigarettes.
If you knew you would not fail and you would reach your goals, wouldn’t you want to increase your wellbeing from whatever level you are at now Kudos to you if you are already active in sports or you hit the gym consistently several times every week. If you’re not there yet, it’s ok. Start small. Even 15 minutes a day will get you on your way to feeling better.
You can do something from the convenience of your own home by following any one of the thousands You Tube fitness videos. If that doesn’t work for you try walking during your lunch break at work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the back side of the parking lot instead of trying to get a space next to the front door, anything to just get you moving more than you usually do. You’ll notice you have muscles you didn’t know were there and that they’re getting stronger giving you a boost of confidence and motivation to keep going. Then one day you realize that you’ve doubled your strength and stamina and you feel like a superhero. THAT is a deeper sense of satisfaction than being the best at something outside of you.
You are in control of your life
Our “to do” lists are often so long we couldn’t do everything on it if there were 25 hours in a day. From the moment we wake it can feel like life is controlling you and not the other way around, but it shouldn’t be like that. Living reactively is such a drag and not really living at all. The truth is, you have a choice. ‘’You have control over three thing in your life – the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take” – Jack Canfield.
Find time for yourself, allow yourself to gain a deeper awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. Celebrate your strengths and view your weaknesses as game-like challenge to get better at. The better you understand yourself, you will realize the reason for every action you take and every reaction you get. Only then are you in control of your life and able to take it to the direction that you truly strive for.
Your confidence goes up
Some people are born with natural confidence, many others learn it, while others seem to struggle. Everyone deals with low confidence once in a while but when lacking confidence is chronic, it’s time to look inward. There are many factors that can affect confidence and health is a big one. Do you ever feel confident once you’re sick and lying in bed with tissues all over? Probably not. Ever notice that splurging on a treat feels brings happiness for a moment but when overdone makes you feel lousy and remorseful? How much better does it feel when you eat well and get some exercise?
Having a healthy body, mind and social life allows you to feel happy and automatically your confidence grows because you just feel good. And that radiates. People treat happy, healthy, confident people differently than those who don’t take care of themselves as well. Healthy people are often more respected, have more success in their careers and relationships, and generally happier. There are so many things in life you have not control over, but living a healthy lifestyle is a choice!
Being a better you is better for everyone around you
Relationships are a big part of our lives, be it our family, friends, coworkers, neighbors or even pets (my dog is practically my child). To a large extent they are what defines our lives. The key to having healthy, functional and fulfilling relationships is being the healthiest and most functional version of yourself. Some people refer to this as Emotional Intelligence or EQ. Learning how to manage our thoughts and feelings and understanding how they affect others is vital to having harmony with those we interact with. When we learn to accept all of ourselves, we are then able to love others unconditionally.
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Cherishing yourself allows you to feel stronger, better, have more self control, gain confidence and love others more. Being the best you isn’t always easy but you are always worth the fight.
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