Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself (for real this time). Day 16.

What a concept,  so simple and yet so remarkably true. Finding your sweet spot in life is all about uncovering the sweet spot in you. And why not really go for it? if there’s one thing I have learned it’s that anything is possible, including that big, bold, juicy slice of life that you’ve always wanted. So today I not only committed the day to totally, completely taking care of me, but I also set aside time to write down the things I don’t like about myself (while  always remembering that I have the power to change everything). My thoughts behind this list are that by building this strong, beautiful person it will shine from the inside out and create a stronger mental and emotional foundation for my life. End result: all the fluctuations in life (good and bad) don’t feel so extreme, because you are at peace with whole package (insert harp music and choir here). You start to identify the possibility in everything instead of following the candy trail to the cave of self-loathing (been there candy went straight to my thighs).

So, living out this part of the manifesto meant I had to be really clear and honest with myself. That included admitting to some lingering body image issues and formulating a plan to get myself to a place where I love my outside as much as my inside. This plan includes: a full body assessment to be performed by my good friends at Endorphin Junkies (http://ejelements.com/), as well as a nutrition overall by powerhouse and Dailey Method Guru (http://www.thedaileymethod.com/vancouver.html) and good friend Danica Howlett. And the last piece of the puzzle was personally committing to changing my lifestyle. What that looked like was a heartfelt talk with my man, planning out realistic meals and a balanced fitness routine that I am able to stick to. The icing to this cake of change is also establishing a support system in my life to encourage me (and hold me accountable).

A couple of learnings from this full body/mind dismantle: loving yourself means committing to participating in your own life. Learn to forgive and grow from perceived failures (we often forget that these feelings pass). Identify flaws and what you are doing with or about them. An important lesson for me was learning to interrupt my inner voice, especially when it starts going on those long-winded rants about you not being good enough, or in control, or perfect (you know the usual cycle of darts he/she throws at you). I learned that I can talk myself in or out of anything. Someone once told me that you can rationalize and justify all day long, all life long and do nothing to live a better life. Or, you can begin to realize that you actually hold the secret within you to take your life or at least your attitude towards life in any direction you choose. Don’t be afraid of opening your heart to the experience that comes with darkness and pain. Things happen in life…lots of things. Those non-ideal moments don’t change or become you, they grow and teach you, make that your first thought. Your outlook can be one that will strengthen your character or one that will make you crumble. It has the power to color every word you speak and every emotion you experience. You have the power to change, choose and become the person you always wanted to be.

Up Next…Write down your short and long-term GOALS four times a year. Two personal, two business and two health goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. Goal setting triggers your subconscious computer

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