With our focus on fitness, we sometimes forget some of the basic tenants that we need to remember about life. It is amazing what just a bit of encouraging can do for people. Most people don’t know that Hitler was twice rejected as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. How would the world be different if he was encouraged to become an artist instead of a monster.
Remember that while you are pursing excellent health, you should also pursue personal excellence as well. With this in mind, I came up with three statements that I believe you should keep in mind on a daily basis.
You are worthy to be loved.
We sometimes forget our value to the human race and not only are you worthy of love, you are also worthy to give and receive love. My guess is that is why a dog is such a popular pet. He poops in the middle of your floor and then you angrily shoo him outside to cool down. In 10 minutes when you open the door, he is ready to be your best friend again…which brings up my second point.
You are worthy to be forgiven.
What I found years ago is that the hardest person in the world to forgive is yourself. We carry around the baggage of things that we have done for years. No matter what your stance is on spirituality, it is cathartic to forgive yourself. It is also cathartic to forgive others. When you carry around a grudge, typically you are the only one that knows about it. Yes, there are the curmudgeons that let you know about everything that you’ve done but they are the exception. Forgiving yourself and others will feel like you set down an 80 lb. weighted vest that you were carrying around.
You are worthy to be your best.
If you remember that you are worthy to be loved and you forgive like there is no cost, you are ready to be your best. Your best is different for every person but that’s what is great about freedom. You can choose your path and then pursue it with reckless abandon. When things don’t work out, forgive yourself and move on. The world becomes a better place when people are pursuing excellence and focusing on what drives them.
The world would be a different place without Steve Jobs but think about how different his work became when he was staring death in the face. Having massive obstacles makes us focus like nothing else. What is your massive obstacle. Is it losing 50 or 100 lbs? Is it betting it all on that business idea you have had in the back of your mind forever? Is it making that call to the old friend that let you down 10 years ago? Whatever it is, remember that you are worthy to be loved, forgiven, and to be your best.