Life isn’t always what you expect it to be, is it? When you began your journey to better health and a stronger body, you had optimism and energy on your side, and starting a new endeavor brings positive feelings and a determination to succeed. You’ve accomplished a lot – you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, and now you’re living under the fruits of your labor.
Occasionally, though, there will be setbacks – for instance, when the results you worked for and hoped for haven’t yet manifested themselves, it can sometimes leave you questioning your self-worth, commitment and abilities. It’s easy to fall into a melancholy mood, and a negative trap of discouragement. Success seems further and further away, and the actions you took to get to the initial plateau of success seem much harder to repeat.
The good news is that you can also get yourself right out of that melancholy mood, rise up, and feel much better!
Whenever you’re down in the dumps, it’s important that you take immediate and committed action to start feeling better about yourself and your situation. Dwelling on the negative and remaining in a depressed state is unhealthy and unproductive. After a while, you’ll feel like you’re moving backward instead of forward. This makes it challenging to get back to a positive mindset and to your productive actions.
Try these easy tips to help restore your belief in you:
- Reflect on past successes. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll begin to realize that you’ve enjoyed many successes in the past.
Reflect on how great you felt when you achieved something you worked extremely hard for – your recent weight loss goal, fitting into that new article of clothing, lifting a heavier weight in the gym, or seeing that your endurance on your walk or run has improved.
Think about the impact you’ve had on your peers when you accomplished something that they all would’ve loved to accomplish themselves – even if they are NOT on a weight loss journey, your success in ANY endeavor can encourage others to believe they can achieve their goals as well.
- Know that you’re uniquely and wonderfully “made”. You have a special and unique blend of talents, abilities, personality, appearance, and purpose that is different from everyone else on the planet. There is no one else like you and that’s a wonderful thing!
Remember times in the past when you came up with your own solution to a challenge that helped you move forward – this benefits you and those around you.
Since you’re the only person like you around, why not focus on your unique abilities and put them to work to manifest positive changes in your life? Setting your new ideas in motion – taking constructive action – will go a long way toward restoring your self-confidence in your ability to make the changes happen and “stick”.
- Do something you’re good at. A sure way to positively boost your ability to love who and what you see in the mirror is to do something you already know you’re good at. Having even a small success is a great way to build reassurance and focus on the positive, plus you’ll be building momentum to keep going!
It’s okay to need that self-reassurance from time to time. We live in challenging times in a tough world, and it’s easy for outside influences to dampen your enthusiasm and drive. Remind yourself that you’re a star in a part of the sky where nobody else shines quite as bright.
Proving to yourself that you can do something often gives you just enough motivation to get past that rough patch and refocus on the task or project at hand.
- Make someone else feel special. Making a positive impact on someone else’s life is one of the most empowering and uplifting experiences you can have!
Try volunteering at a local agency that helps those less fortunate than you. So many lives need a caring or encouraging touch to help them get back on track. Taking the opportunity to help them will enable you to feel that much more worthy as you see the positive impact of your actions and words on others.
Encouraging another person who lacks self-esteem or who is struggling with a challenge you’ve overcome can bring the kind of inner satisfaction which allows you to see your own true purpose. In fact, you may sometimes forget about your own challenges for a while because you’re so focused on helping someone else overcome theirs.
Try not to dwell on the negative feelings you might have about yourself as you work to overcome a challenge. Instead, celebrate all the great qualities you have inside and share those with the world. Take the time to reflect on your successes and achievements and you’ll begin to see for yourself how awesome and special you really are.