“I was born with an enormous need for affection… and I was born with a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn
Life is love. To live life without love would be a lost life.
Real, genuine love saved me as a child. Until I was 5 years old, I lived with abusive parents who didn’t know what it meant to love and raise a kid. Eventually it got bad enough that my sister and I were put into the foster care system.
Then some wonderful people adopted us and showed me what true love and affection was all about.
Their love saved my life.
Some of you might have had rough beginnings just like I did. I hope someone came along for you and gave you all the love and affection that you deserved.
Because guess what?! You deserve all the love available to you. And then some!
We all know how important it is to show love to other people, but we often neglect the most important person to show love and kindness to…
You don’t need to DO anything in order to DESERVE love… you get full rights to it just because you are YOU. The potential for greatness is already manifesting with every smile on your face.
I want you to ask yourself these questions. Take some time and really think about each one.
Do you show genuine love for the person staring back at you in the mirror?
Or do you spend most of the day belittling yourself?
Do you honor and respect who you are?
Or look down on yourself?
Do you enjoy spending time alone, in your own company?
Or do you hide from solitude by losing yourself in TV or social media?
There is an epidemic in our world that has been spreading. It is SELF HATE.
There are too many people who are lacking care, love and respect for themselves as unique, beautiful individuals. Imagine how different the world would be if we all truly cared about ourselves and created a space for everyone else to do the same!
Here are 5 ways to show yourself more love…
#1 You Are Made Of Love
It doesn’t matter what your belief system is… you were created by the hand of love.
The fact you exist is proof that there is love in the universe and that it is circulating through you! Love is a force more powerful than time and space and the elements that rule our world. It conquers all else. And you are made of it.
Read that again and let it sink it. If I could make one message sink into every human being I met, this would be it.
Once you acknowledge and affirm this as a positive truth, you will FINALLY feel the way you are supposed to! You will realize your worth. You will think differently. You will act differently. And the truth of this great love inside you will manifest in ways that blow your wildest dreams away.
#2 Become Aware Of Your Emotions
When I look across America or I sit and watch the news, you know what I see?
I see a nation of suppressors.
What do I mean by this? People all over the place are emotionally holding back – suppressing – their true selves. Instead of feeling, expressing and processing what they feel in a healthy way, people are stuffing their emotions down inside where they think they will disappear.
Ever heard the phrase, “emotions buried alive never die”? It’s true!
When you don’t feel like you’re free to express your emotions, what do you turn to?
These emotions sit stuffed away inside us and create weight. They hold us down and make us tired. They suck our energy and make us sick.
The more we open up and express our emotions freely, the more space we will free up for self love and the ability to be present.
#3 Know Your Origin Story
I’m reading a book called Super You. One of my favorite concepts in this book in that of ORIGIN STORIES.
Your origin story has to do with the things in your past that have made you who you are. Often we consider them our weaknesses, our pains, our past traumas…
Everyone has them. Batman lost his parents as a child. Iron Man was shot and starved and locked in a cave for three months. Nemo was taken away from his father.
But all these experiences gave them their strength.
Remember where you came from.
Remember who you are.
There are 7 billion people on this planet and out of all those people – you are unique. You are special. And so is your story.
#4 Keep Track Of Your Passions
If you don’t’ have enthusiasm for what you’re doing in your life, it can be hard to appreciate and love yourself.
I used to struggle with that a lot.
5 years ago, before Fitlife, I was in a career that I wasn’t passionate about. I spent my days going through the motions of a treadmill job and although I was successful, I wasn’t thriving.
At the end of a long work-week, I would spend the weekends drinking with my friends and staying up late, trying to suppress the fact that I didn’t love my job and I was feeling unfulfilled. Unsatisfied. I wasn’t anywhere near my full potential as a human being.
Even if you can’t jump out of your job and start living your true passion this instant… there are other things you can do in the meantime.
Fill your off-time doing something that makes your heart sing. Find what gets your blood pumping. Be with people who inspire you and make you excited to be alive.
#5 Go On A Love Date
At least once a month take yourself out and ask… what would love do? How would love treat me? How would I act if I was wildly in love with myself?
When I was in college, I knew this guy who used to tell me often that I was a weird guy. He just didn’t get me, ya know? We had very opposite personalities and he was vocal about his disapproval.
As much as I wanted to be the macho dude… it actually really hurt my feelings.
So I wasted a bunch of my time trying to get him to like me.
If I had known then what I know now, I would not have bothered. I would have filled my time, instead, showing myself true kindness and genuine love. I would have taken myself on a love date and filled my own love tank by spending time with people who treated me better.
Take yourself on a love date! It will be the best thing you’ll have done for a while.
Loving yourself if the best give you can give yourself. And you are more than worthy of this type of incredible love.
Love yourself in a way that when others see you, they will know how to love you as well. Set an example of LOVE in it’s purest form – love for yourself.
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
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