Body neutrality asserts your inherent right to exist no matter the shape, size or composition of your body.
There is a huge problem in modern society — body shaming. It does nothing to heal the traumas of our bodies and if anything, exacerbates and contributes to further disease and despair.
“One thing we can do is take it seriously, recognize that our bodies are ourselves in a visual and virtual culture, and we struggle with the increasing demands of beauty. If we take the demands seriously, it is easy to see why body shaming is serious. When you shame bodies you shame people. Body-shaming — whether fat shaming, a nasty comment about hair color or a body part — can make you ashamed, can stay with you, and make you insecure.”
To accomplish anything worth accomplishing, you have got to have the right attitude
Back in college, I recall doing an internship at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Seattle headquarters and my mentor would often mention her coach. This coach, of course we’re not talking about luxury brands here (but that’s alright too), was delivering professional services to help with motivation and overall career success.
The many different faces of coaching
When I used to think about coaches, I would think about the middle age guy who had a son on the baseball team and was the person who took us through drills and practice. Now I realize that coaching is so much more than that. We have the opportunity to coach other people in all aspects of life.
You’re about to get coached
The practice of self-coaching and taking action today
Unhappiness and disappointment seems to have a way of creeping into our bodies… if we let it. At some point, maybe you realize that thinking about your problems isn’t worth the time when you could be doing something. You could be steaming some broccoli and even that is small step towards wellness.
Coach others by unlocking the power and confidence that resides within us all
It’s not about telling you what to do… it is about bringing new perspective and making people excited about their potential. I realized that when you are coaching yourself, then you will be able to coach others. You will be able to coach upwards, to your clients, to your peers, and to your subordinates by listening and reflecting a side of this person that they have yet to realize.
What a gift it is to somebody when they feel that motivation deep inside, that they have the opportunity to make action, and that their new perspectives are the catalyst for success in any particular realm.
Your presence can be a gift to others
I acknowledge my own challenges. If I want to be accepted by others, then I should practice unconditional acceptance of others. To coach others, coach myself. To love others, to love myself. And so on…
The best coaches know themselves well. Their self-awareness is practiced, their philosophies tested, and they put in the work.
All great coaches started somewhere. If you want other people to be able to feel like they can be their best selves, then take a moment each day to coach yourself to be your best self.
In the absence or presence of any experience, your core values will always be there.
I believe it is the core value of a person who is able to push forward under pain and stress.
It is the core value of a person to realize the truth of failure and then ascend to even greater heights.
It is the core value of a person to commit to their goals and hold themselves accountable.
For strength trainers, the core value manifests physically
You feel more powerful as the body realizes greater potential. The changes can be found in the tendons, ligaments, muscular elements, mineralization of bone, endocrine efficiency improvements, and energy systems adaptation. There is little vanity in seeking to become a better version of yourself.
“ya I’m feeling good ’bout myself”
Lessons learned from intense training should carryover to mental toughness
We push ourselves in the gym not because we are afraid of the outcome, but because we embrace it. Either move forward or start dying because I don’t want to live a life without meaning. Intensity later balanced by harmony and back to intensity.
Raw strength has been valuable in nearly all cultures throughout time. As you become capable of performing heavy work through multiple planes of motion, you gain strength both inner and outer.
The struggles of life are best faced with strong core values, because no matter the outcome you strive to rise above it.