February is the month of love and at NCS we want to celebrate the most important kind of love, self-love. I thought this would be a great opportunity to blog about something I’m incredibly passionate about which self-love and acceptance.
It’s very common for us to compare ourselves to others – we’ve all done it at some point. “I wish I had her body.” “I wish I could lift as much as him!” “I want to look like her in a bathing suit.” I wish, I wish, I wish … I want, I want, I want … We spend so much time focusing on being someone or somewhere we’re not.
Part of our whole mind/whole body philosophy at North Corner Studios is embracing and loving yourself exactly as you are. You are where you are for a reason. Embrace it, learn from it, and choose to grow. When we compare ourselves to others, we mentally and physically create obstacles that make it harder for us to reach our goals.
There are no two humans on this planet that are exactly alike so comparing yourself to someone else brings nothing positive to your life. That time and energy are far more valuable if you invest it in yourself. Turn all that curiosity inwards and learn every unique aspect of YOU! Ask yourself …
- What types of foods does my body prefer?
- What are my favorite forms of activity?
- What am I sensitive too?
- What do I react negatively to?
- How often does my body need to be fueled?
- What allows me to feel my best?
- What do I tend to focus on mentally?
You are a uniquely wonderful human, unlike any person you are comparing yourself too. Get to know and appreciate everything about yourself and watch all the ways your journey will start to shift.
At NCS it was very important to us to create a community that radiates love and unity. When you walk through our doors we want you to know and feel we accept you 100% the way you are! We don’t care what color your skin is, what shape your body is, if you’re male or female, or where you’re at in your journey. All of us have goals we want to reach and hardships to face. We’re on this road together and the more we support one another, the stronger we’ll all become.
Chances are you’ve tried the whole comparing yourself to others thing so now try this … try becoming your own best friend! Become your biggest cheerleader, your strongest motivator, and someone with an abundance of compassion for yourself. Life is hard already so why insist on making it harder? When you fall down, instead of beating yourself up, try loving on yourself! Then pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. Don’t forget to look for the blessons (blessings and lessons) in all that you do. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be right now so embrace it … every bit of it. Celebrate all your successes, learn from your hardships, and grow from your challenges.
Next time you find your mind full of negative self-chatter or you are comparing yourself to others, say out loud 3 things you embrace and are grateful for about yourself. When you are standing in front of the mirror nitpicking all the things you’d like to change about yourself, turn to “I am” power statements. Instead of holding onto the thought that “I am fat” turn to positive affirmations like “I am strong,” “I am love,” and “I am awesome!”
“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” What you focus on, you will manifest into reality. What do you want your reality to look and feel like? What do you want it to provide you?
Do you want to spend your life comparing yourself to others and miss out on all of the amazing things YOU can accomplish? Or do you want to embrace, love, and celebrate yourself?