BY AMELIA RICCI
DURING MY FITNESS CAREER I HAVE LEARNED SOME HARD LESSONS, INCLUDING HOW NOT TO LET OTHER PEOPLE’S COMMENTS AND OPINIONS GET TO ME.
It took me years to get the body I wanted (mind you it is still work in progress!) and I would often complete my weights routine wondering why my shoulders were not growing, or why my leg muscles were not as developed as I wanted them to be.
Eventually, with patience and perseverance, I did grow the muscles I wanted and this led to my journey of competing in fitness model competitions. However, in order to be successful, I had to work on the inside of my mind, those depths we all bury away, those feelings of inadequacy that lead to questions like ‘am I good enough to compete?’, ‘are the other girls better than me, leaner, more muscular?’
Be mindful of your thoughts and try to think positively. Your ego (or self-identity) is best explained as the voice in your head that tells you ‘if you are not perfect, then everyone will laugh at you’ or ‘you have had a bad week, so you may as well give up’. It is the inflated sense of importance you place on everything turning out your way, one hundred percent of the time. Therefore, if you can decrease your reliance on your ego, you won’t be afraid of failure and you won’t feel bad if you do fall short of a goal.
By having good self-esteem and being happy, you can move through life with more confidence, which always starts from the inside and what you believe about yourself.
Read the full article in Oxygen Magazine Australia | Issue 80. On sale 15th October 2015