Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Today’s post is not specifically about nutrition or exercise. Yes, I know this site and my mission revolves around fitness, but I also have a deep desire to help women achieve true transformation in their mind first, and then their body. Before we work on our physical selves, it’s so key to be in the right mindset first to ensure that the actions we take are healthy and not out of distorted thinking. So stick with me here and allow me to tell you of my own recent struggles and victories so you can be encouraged and empowered to alter the thoughts that weigh you down, keep you anxious, and ultimately keep you from growth.
It’s very fitting that the day I had the idea to write this blog is actually National Awareness Day. I’m a firm believer that if we become truly aware of our thoughts and what we believe on a daily basis, we can really begin to transform our lives from the inside out. The first step to change is identifying false beliefs. You know the ones… you don’t readily recognize them as being damaging to you. You often aren’t aware of the turmoil they cause inside of you and the havoc they wreak on your mental state. They’re automatic thoughts that lead to automatic reactions and behaviors. They’re dangerous thoughts that keep you a victim of deceit. You’ve believed these little lies so long, that they start to claim your identity. The lies become who you are because you’ve claimed them as truth.
I’ve been struggling lately with my own thoughts, berating myself, downplaying my abilities, and just not being nice to myself … like at all. I’ve told myself things that I wouldn’t allow anyone else to tell me. Things like “why would you think you could start a business?” “You’re not cut out for this.” “Nobody cares about what you have to say.” “They don’t like you.” “You’re way behind this person… there’s no way you can do as well as them.” “YOU’RE NOT MAKING A DIFFERENCE.”
Not good right?
These thoughts can come to you with anything you’ve set out to do. For me, it’s my online coaching business and presenting a story of hope for women. For you, maybe it’s weight loss, your marriage, or a project. Whatever it may be, these thoughts have a way of creeping in when things don’t go the way we think they should or don’t look the way we thought it would look.
At some point in our lives, we agreed with a lie that was told to us. Maybe it was a situation you were involved in that made you think “I’m worthless.” Maybe a loved one said something that made you believe “I’m not cut out for this.” Maybe it was the enemy that whispered the lie into your ear that you are incapable, unloved, or (enter your own lie here).
In believing these lies, we are halted in our tracks. We can’t progress. We can’t move forward. We can’t make an impact or achieve what we’ve been called to do.
I believe God has called me to serve women. It’s the reason I’ve set out to be a counselor and in the process of attaining my Master’s degree, I had the nudge to help women in physical fitness and mindset. I also want to use this small but growing platform to share my faith and the hope that I have that this world so desperately needs. Here’s the thing… the enemy sees it and he squirms a bit. He doesn’t want me OR you to succeed. He will throw every lie at you and use every temptation you have against you. His mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. Now more than ever, I am determined to rebuke the lies about myself and measure myself and my worth against God’s truth.
If you’re tired of the constant war within yourself about who you are or what you are worth, it’s time to seek out truth and STOP claiming the negative things you started believing a long time ago. Today, I encourage you to identify the thoughts that have held you back from growing and then replace it with truth. Speak it out loud. Write it down on your desk where you can see it regularly. Friends, it’s time to reclaim our minds, extend grace to ourselves, and know that if you are in Christ, you have been made worthy, you are valued, you have been given skills and abilities that can impact others, and that you are made as a reflection of God’s PERFECT image. Claim it now.
As always, thank you for taking time to read this. I hope it helps you in some way and starts the process of really claiming truth about yourself versus the negative things you’ve believed. If this spoke to you, please share with someone who struggles with their identity (I would say that is most people). So get out there and go do something great today. Speak a kind word to someone, lift up others, and use your talents and skills to do good today.