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Does Increasing Fitness Increase Self-Respect?

By: Laure Justice

Making an effort to increase your fitness level can boost your mood, give you a taste of success (especially if you don’t give up) and can help you boost your sense of self-respect.

Increasing Fitness to Increase Self-Respect
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“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

The Link Between Fitness and Self-Respect

Your sense of self-respect comes from within, and while self-respect and confidence are not technically linked to your physical characteristics, allowing your body to fall into an unhealthy state is a sign of low self-esteem and low self-respect.

“Confidence has nothing to do with what you look like. If you obsess over that, you’ll end up being disappointed in yourself all the time. Instead, high self-esteem comes from how you feel in any moment. So walk into a room acting like you’re in charge, and spend your energy on making the people around you happy.” – Marian Seldes

Increase Fitness Levels to Increase Self-Respect

You know yourself better than anyone else does, so take advantage of that self-knowledge when beginning a fitness program so you can make a success of it.

For example, if you know you won’t go to a gym to work out if it’s inconvenient or if you feel like trim athletic people are watching you, find a safe place to walk or jog, or lift weights in the privacy of your bedroom. 

Also, if you know you overeat or make poor food choices when you skip breakfast, make it easy on yourself by getting some granola bars or yogurt you can eat in a hurry  so you don’t go crazy and eat a couple of Big Macs and some mega-fries for dinner.

“Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you.” – Jack Canfield

Break your emotional connection between the things you view as negative in your physical state, like being unfit, by making it easy to succeed in becoming fit.  Each little success means you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for doing something positive for yourself –

Each little success means you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for doing something positive for yourself – so don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you’re doing great.

(Really – people can be jerks – so focus on what you think of yourself – and don’t be a jerk to yourself!)

KNOW you are making positive steps and let the positivity be something you embrace and your sense of self-respect will increase right along with your fitness level. 

Self-Respect and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is about having an inner electromagnet that pulls good things and prosperity to you – and self-respect is like the electricity you need to have within you to activate that inner electromagnet.

Self-Respect and the Law of Attraction

What Is the Link Between Self-Respect and the Law of Attraction?

When you lack self-respect and have low self-confidence, your natural tendency, your natural state, is to think disempowering thoughts – your affirmations and statements about what you want to attract in your life tend to be stated in negative terms.

Those negative statements are then the part of your inner dialogue your subconscious mind latches onto and acts upon.

So, while you may be saying, “I don’t want to be poor.” or “I am poor.” or “I don’t want to be alone.” or “I am so lonely.” – the part your subconscious hears and acts on is ‘poor’ or ‘alone’ – and that’s what you get.

The Law of Attraction is kind of like a swinging door because if your mind focuses on the positive, it brings you good things – but if you focus on  the negative, as you will if you have low self-respect, it’s going to bring you the exact things you don’t want.

Learn Self-Respect

Self-respect is about accepting yourself, but if you only focus on and accept negative concepts about yourself, then you will always have a damaged sense of your own self-worth.

Words have power and you can use that power to build a stronger sense of self-respect and in turn, you can start attracting the things you want to attract to your life.

Create Affirmations That Help Build Self-Respect

Look realistically at the person you are and the life you’re leading – there will most likely be a mix of things you like and things you would rather not admit.

Recognizing the positive and negative things about yourself gives you a realistic place to begin building a stronger foundation of self-respect.

Take time to appreciate those positive aspects and then create a few affirmations for the negative that you want to change – and put things in positive, present terms, and add a few words about how it feels to succeed.

For a couple of examples: instead of “I never get the things I need to do finished.” try saying “I work every day to accomplish my goals and I make good progress, and it’s so satisfying.” or, instead of “I am fat and can’t seem to lose weight.” try “I work on improving my health every day, and I feel a bit better each day.”

One little note: If the people in your life are negative – don’t talk to them about your desire and efforts to have a healthy sense of self – don’t share your positive changes with someone who only wants to hold you back – because it’s very easy to slip back into a negative pattern – your self-respect is an internal thing – others might notice your newly found positivity – but it is yours and yours alone.

Self Improvement Starts with Self Empowerment

Self improvement starts with self empowerment and leads you to a new, more fulfilling life. There has to be that one moment where you stop and go, “Oh wow! I can do this!” or “I am worth it!”

Self Empowerment

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Give yourself permission to be awesome, then just do it! Your power is already inside of you, waiting as potential, like stored energy, so go ahead and use it.

Consider the tidbits of information below and then tell me what you’re doing to empower yourself to rewrite your life story – or don’t tell me – and just go live your best life because you deserve it!

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful tool that you can use when you’re ready to take control of your life.

I remember hearing and reading statements like that in the past, and until I reached the point where I was ready, deep down, to move on to something better, happier, it sounded like – well – bunk – to me.

Then one day, I was reading a book, and while it wasn’t a book about visualization, it discussed how to effectively visualize, and explained the steps, and I gave it a try – just like that, visualization made sense to me.

Healthy Relationships

Whether you are thinking about love relationships, relationships with your friends, or familial relationships, you can’t have truly healthy relationships without learning to love yourself first.

That, in turn, means self empowerment is the first step, and the key, to learning how to develop healthy relationships.

Self Respect

Self respect comes to visit you when you begin to let your inner strength grow and you take control of your life.

Building a better life – building the life you want to live – is all about action – and if you don’t take it, chances are you’re going to stay stuck right where you are.

Self Confidence

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Self confidence is like the cherry on top of the dessert. It’s your prize for your hard word.

It’s your reward for taking action and choosing self empowerment and for rewriting your life story so it turns out the way you want it.