It’s gift-giving season, and the first person you should give to is yourself. Seriously. Many people have the misconception that giving to themselves and even just taking good care of themselves is selfish. Not so! Consider how much more you can give to others when you’re in great shape mentally and physically. When you’re on your A-game, you not only help others better, but your healthy spirit influences everyone around you. Your kids and friends see how great you look and feel and are inspired to take better care of themselves, too. Strangers you pass on the street feel your healthy vibes and are warmed by your smiles. When you improve yourself, you positively impact many, many others without even trying.

So put yourself at the top of your holiday present list. But what should you get yourself? I would encourage you to give yourself something that will help you successfully progress in a goal you have for the new year – and the best one is to improve your healthy habits. Our situations (external environment) and body chemistry (internal environment) changes throughout our lives, so keeping ourselves healthy and happy is a constant journey. Take time to re-evaluate everything in your life regularly. You’ll get to know yourself better and see what changes you might want to make to feel even better. Is there a goal you want to reach next year in your life or business? Is there a healthy habit you used to have that you’d like to get back into? Is there some new activity that you think would be fun to learn? The more you do to feed your soul, the more productive and inspirational you’ll be!

Okay, I’ll share my personal gifts & goals this year. I would like to successfully heal up a big injury I’ve had for the last year and get back in good physical shape. I’ve consulted doctors and trainers to determine how best to do that, and I have a plan. I’ll be traveling when I get started on that plan, so I figured that’s a good excuse to give myself the TRX physical trainer I’ve been drooling over for years (and it was on sale, which is even better)! I also love to really get focused on my routine by journaling and recording my goals and progress, so I gave myself a year’s worth of handy dandy little  fitbooks. Research shows that writing these things down can help you stay focused on your goals and even double your success, and I’ve experienced this firsthand many times. My favorite tool for this is a fitness journal called a fitbook, which you can check out by clicking HERE.

Put some thought into what your gifts & goals will be this year. Ask yourself what you want, not what you should do or need to do. How you talk to yourself matters. Really. Try this – tell yourself that you need to do something, then tell yourself that you want to do that same thing. They feel different, don’t they? That’s because your brain processes them differently. The first one just adds more to the pile of stuff you have to do, whereas the latter is giving yourself an opportunity. The first is negative and the second is positive, and you can feel it! What opportunity could you give yourself that gets you the most jazzed? Do that!

I wish all of you a healthy and happy holiday season and new year!

Stretch & smile! 🙂

Amy

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