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Daily Encouragement for 4-30-2024

This month has been all about going to the mental gym. You have been purposeful in preparing for your day and becoming the best version of yourself each day. You have chosen to encourage yourself and the team around you. You have been envisioning your future self and pushing the needle just 1% to achieve this person. You have chosen to tame your thoughts. You explored and deconstructed your definition of your thoughts. You have realized your thoughts are not evil, but you have learned to ask yourself if your thoughts are true, accurate, and helpful and if they will productively push you. You have taken notice of your mental chatter. You have worked on managing your emotions. You have chosen to live victoriously rather than being a victim. You chose to live in a strong, courageous, creative, and compassionate place. You chose not to allow your feelings to own you. Chaos, pain, fear, anxiety, and disappointment are not a new concept, but you are actively learning second by second how to navigate all negative emotions with an optimistic viewpoint. You have chosen to make self-care a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. You realized that self-care looks different at different times: for example…. setting boundaries, saying no when necessary, getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, and engaging in relaxation and rejuvenation activities. You remind yourself daily, hourly, and sometimes by the second that you deserve this care. You are navigating the value of self-assessment. You may have begun journaling and regularly reviewing your mental health journey. You learned about the 321 rule. I learned about this from my mentor, Brendon Burchard. I don’t eat 3 hours before bed. I don’t exercise 2 hours before bed, and I do my best to stay off the computer or my phone 1 hour before bed. When my circadian rhythm is disrupted, I need to look at how disciplined I am with the 3 2 1 rule I set for myself.  You explored the power of pausing. Pausing is about mental rejuvenation.Take a moment to reset your mindset, shifting from self-doubt to self-belief. Reminding yourself of how far you’ve come and your limitless potential. Don’t stop moving forward. You are only stuck if you stop. You learned about the power of stretching and how stretching can enhance mood and emotional regulation. Emotional regulation is vital for your day-to-day success and the power of your choice. Choose to live in a mindless, stressful, bitter, or chaotic place, or you can choose a growth mindset, a calm presence of mind, a forward-thinking attitude, or an observant place. Just as a physical warm-up primes your muscles for exercise, taking a few moments each morning to mentally warm up can set a positive tone for the entire day.  You may have begun to purposefully choose to set intentions for the day ahead, envisioning the person you aspire to be. Whether it’s kindness, resilience, or creativity, remind yourself that you can cultivate these qualities. Your ‘why’ is not just a question; it’s a powerful tool that can ignite your motivation. It’s about understanding the purpose behind your actions, the driving force that propels you forward. How are you approaching your day? Who do you want to be today? How are you habit-stacking? What boundaries are you drawing for your success? What goals have you set? How are you measuring these essential things in your life?  Choosing not to take offense is more than a practice; it’s a potent tool that can unlock greater personal freedom and enhance mental well-being. It equips you to respond calmly and rationally, empowering you to control your reactions rather than being swayed by perceived slights or criticisms. Engaging in mindfulness practices further strengthens this ability, allowing you to be more present in the moment. By observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment, you can identify when you’re starting to feel offended and choose a more balanced response. You have learned the power of overcoming fear. Overcoming fear is not about banishing it entirely but learning to navigate through it. It’s about acknowledging its presence, understanding its roots, and reframing your perspective. Instead of viewing fear as an obstacle, you can see it as a compass guiding us toward what truly matters. You learned the power of learning daily for your mental and physical health. Keeping your brain active and healthy will give you physical freedom. Setting aside time each day to learn something new, whether small or big. You are choosing the powerful reset tool. Resetting your mind and body is crucial for optimal performance, whether in weight training or life in general. Taking the time to reset allows you to refocus, recharge, and approach the next set or event with renewed energy and clarity. When you commit to the process, embracing the challenges, setbacks, and lessons, you set yourself on a path of genuine growth and evolution. It’s a journey that demands patience, resilience, and perseverance. By not cheating ourselves out of the valuable experiences and insights from facing difficulties head-on, you cultivate a resilient, adaptable mindset and are open to learning. You are learning that mental and physical endurance builds you up. Mental endurance is the backbone of resilience, allowing you to persevere through adversity and maintain a positive outlook. Choosing to persevere through life’s trials will equip you with the tools to navigate life’s ever-changing status, bounce back from setbacks, and stay focused on your goals. Managing your emotions and making better decisions is part of cultivating endurance. In your journey toward optimal health, recalibrating means acknowledging when our bodies need rest, nourishment, or movement. It’s about listening to the whispers of fatigue and honoring them with self-care rather than pushing through the exhaustion. Recalibrating reminds us that progress isn’t always about trying harder; it’s often about finding balance and sustainability. Stress often carries a negative connotation in our fast-paced world, yet it can be reframed as a catalyst for personal growth and resilience. Through regular exercise, individuals can harness the power of stress to transform their mental well-being and emerge stronger than before. Exercise is a healthy coping mechanism, releasing endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine that act as powerful mood lifters and stress reducers. Going to the mental gym with each of you has been so much fun. I often like to work out alone, but this month has been very rewarding having you by my side. I am excited about May. We are going to plant a mental garden together. Remember, your happiness is your responsibility.  

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