How Acceptance Has Helped Keep Me Motivated
When we accept the way things are, the better they seem and the better we can handle them. In turn this will make us happier in the long run.
By “accepting” certain situations I am not referring to accepting and ignoring them, rather accepting them and working towards dealing with them with a positive attitude. We CHOOSE what we do in life, whether we like to admit it or not. Not making excuses is part of that. Personally I have had many stressful situations to deal with, just like everyone else.
Years ago I finally accepted that I was obese and I was the only one that could fix it. For a long time I blamed others, thought my life was “unfair” and wondered why me? I made excuses and didn’t take responsibility for my actions. Things could have been different but they weren’t, life happens sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. The one thing that I have learned is that we always have 100% control over our response to these events. By adapting a mindset of constant improvement we can look for the opportunity in every situation. We can always learn something!
I accepted the idea that I would leave my career in Physical Therapy to start my own business inorder to follow my passion in nutrition and fitness. It was a major decision with lots of risks but once I made it I felt comfort.
Accepting my divorce took time, counseling, support from family and friends and strength. Our family learned how to adjust with the new living situation, along with the other emotional changes. Knowing that it was final I was able to move forward. I met one of the best guys and couldn’t be happier!
Today I accept the fact that I need to exercise on a consistent basis, choose healthier foods, and resist temptations to maintain my weight loss and be the healthiest that I can be.
There will always be challenges that arise, acceptance doesn’t necessarily make it easy. Divorce happens, along with deaths, financial issues, and family and friends moving away. However they all make us stronger!
Accepting the TRUTH has helped me overcome the negative feelings towards them. What obstacles have you encountered and how have you accepted them?