Gratitude Challenge Week 1
Have you taken time to celebrate yourself?
Chances are you haven’t at all, except for maybe on your birthday.
Welcome to the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. If you haven’t read the first post, click here to get the details on why this is so important.
Today’s topic is going to be showing gratitude to yourself. We have become far too comfortable beating ourselves up and yet we feel awkward even telling ourselves we did a good job. This has to change.
As we become more and more obsessed with productivity, we begin to tie our worth to it. We forget that we are worthy simply because we exist, simply because we are.
At the end of the post you’ll find some journal prompts to get you started on your journey.
Thank your body
When was the last time you thanked your body?
If this question sounds a bit odd to you, it’s definitely been too long. Or maybe you’ve never thanked your body at all.
Our bodies don’t get enough credit. The only things our bodies hear all day long are:
I hate my stomach.
My butt is too flat.
My thighs are too big.
My boobs are too small
My boobs are too big.
I hate how wide my hips are.
I hate how I don’t have any curves.
And on and on and on….
We beat up on our bodies all day long and then expect them to cooperate with us. Our bodies internalize everything we say to it.
I know this sounds little woo, but hear me out.
You can rewire your brain based on how you speak to it. You can change how it views yourself, your strengths, and even your skills. (For more info on the science behind this, listen to this podcast episode.)
Your brain controls your body.
If you tell your body how uncomfortable it is, how much you hate it, how you just wish it would be different, do you expect it to do what you want it to do? What you tell your brain on repeat is how it forms beliefs and then functions on those beliefs.
So if you want your body to cooperate, change how you speak to it.
Instead of thinking about how much you hate your flabby thighs, begin to thank your thighs for allowing you to squat down in your garden or pick up your kiddo. Instead of hating your stomach, begin to thank it for what it’s done for you. You have sagging skin because you had a baby, or maybe you lost a lot of weight. Maybe you overcame addiction and your body is still standing strong.
Shift the way you think about your body and you’ll find you have a lot more to be grateful for than you thought.
Thank yourself for your resilience
When was the last time you looked back on your life and showed gratitude for all you’ve been through?
We spend so much time beating ourselves up for not being farther along without ever appreciating how far we’ve come.
You’ve been through a lot in life. You’ve overcome a lot in your life. You have proven to be so much stronger than you ever thought possible.
How many times did you cry yourself to sleep thinking you’d never survive the pain, only to wake up the next morning determined to live your life anyway?
If you want to reach your full potential, you’ve got to show gratitude for just how far you’ve come.
You may be thinking to yourself that you haven’t been through much, or that other people have had it worse. I’m going to call BS on both of those things. If you’re reading this right now, you’ve seen some shit and you’re committed to moving past it. Even if you don’t know where to start, you’re here. That’s worth being grateful for in and of itself.
Take a second and think of how much you’ve been through.
Think from the time you were a kid to where you are now.
Awful people did things to you and said you deserved it. They convinced you it was your fault. There was a point you felt absolutely worthless.
But you recognized that you were made for more. You’re here. You chose to wake up this morning. And I’m so freaking proud of you for that.
I know this can be a lot to process, so here are some journal prompts you can use to start. Pull out a notebook that you’re going to use for the remainder of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. Then take some time and answer one each day. In fact, some of them you may want to do every day.
- What’s one thing my body has done for me today?
- How has my body supported me in the last 2 weeks?
- What’s something really awesome my body has done for me?
- How can I show my body gratitude today?
- What is a situation I didn’t think I’d survive but did?
- What is something I thought I’d never be able to do but figured it out and made it happen?
- What are 3 big accomplishments I’ve hit in the last year?
Don’t just read this post and then close the tab. Save it somewhere, write down those journal prompts, and take the time to use them. It’s all fine and good to read a post and then go about your day, but if you don’t do the work, you won’t have lasting change.
You deserve to know what it means to be truly thankful for your body, for your resilience. That’s how you’re going to experience success.
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