By Bronwyn Ison

Celebrating who you are along with possessing a good opinion of yourself will not prove deleterious.  In fact, it could be potentially harmful not to think you are absolutely wonderful.  Yet, let’s not get confused with an exuberant approach.  You want just enough healthy/positive thinking to render you motivated, eager, and hungry for what the world has to offer you.

Similar to Spring-cleaning, you may want to do some pre-Summer cleansing as well. This could pertain to all areas of your life.  Let’s commence with how you perceive yourself.  Allow me to encourage you to think boldly.  You may have been thinking to small as of late.  If you think small, we will live small.  And if you think big, we will live big.  You have complete control over your thoughts.  How you think is directly connected to how you perceive yourself.

If you have been stuck in a rut… it’s time to get extricate yourself. Why would you waste your time on thinking you are not capable of doing something?  Attempt and confront your fear.  You may find it wasn’t so difficult after all.  Then you may wonder why you wasted so much time on something that seemingly became simple.

We need to think outside the box. Think big. Think bold.  Be brave.  Often times we identify ourselves by our previous experiences.  Most of us are terrified of attempting the same tasks twice because we may have not succeeded the first time.  You are familiar with the quote, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”  Just because you may have experienced a divorce doesn’t mean you should turn a blind eye to love or marriage.  If you meet someone and the relationship prospers, try, try again.  If you are victim of abuse, had a bankruptcy, or a substance abuse problem, this does not define who you are. Your previous experiences are why you are who you are today. Transcend them.  That may have been who you were then but it is not who you are now.

There is no doubt we are less than perfect beings.  We make mistakes, we falter, and we demonstrate weaknesses.  We also make and execute poor choices and lack wisdom.  Yet, this doesn’t mean you should be hard on yourself.  Recognize and be responsible for your wrongdoings.  Move on from the past and press toward the future. Once you commence authentically celebrating your victories you will be less inclined to make poor decisions.

Make an effort each day to stop identifying with your problems and trust that you have the power to change your thinking to being positively you.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.9642 (YOGA)

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