I just watched this TED Talk from supermodel Cameron Russell and wanted to share it with you. Go ahead and click that play button then come back and have a discussion with me.
*you should be watching the video now*
What’d you think of that? It’s good to hear from a real model that the girls in the mags and on the runways with “the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair” – the girls that society all expects us to look like – these are the girls who are most insecure about their bodies. So many of us think that if we’d just lose another 5 lbs or have flatter abs that we’d be so much happier. The truth is – that happiness is only momentary. It’s superficial. It’s never enough unless you figure out how to glow…from the inside.
Listen to me when I say that nothing is sexier than a girl who knows who she is, what she’s about, and isn’t afraid to let her real personality shine through regardless of the size of her hips, the color of her skin, or what her job is. She’s beaming with an infectious aura that just draws people in because she’s positive and inviting . When people engage in conversation or activity with her, she leaves them feeling excited! She’s able to compliment others and truly mean it because her cup is overflowing with good energy. (When I refer to cup, I mean the cup everyone refers to as half empty or half full. Her’s is always too full so she can give!)
Nope, this isn’t just cliche – it’s the truth.
A couple weekends ago, I was at a dinner party meeting all kinds of people and eating delicious food. I remember that most of the female attendees were in nice dresses, heels, had their makeup done, and looked very posh. Later on another girl arrived in a button up sweater, a polo, khakis, and flats – almost as if she arrived straight from work. Now, as much as we all shouldn’t judge on first impressions – we do it unconsciously anyway. So from my description you’d ASSUME she was a shy girl who doesn’t like to party and keeps to herself right?
The next couple hours I made a point to get to know her and I was seriously…BLOWN AWAY.
Back to the story…it was like she got more gorgeous with every second I listened to her speak. It was really, kinda weird. I mean even physically I started to appreciate every unique feature about her! Turns out she was a young entrepreneur who had started 2 business already! She was witty, intelligent, and had a really cool sense of humor. By the time I left the dinner party, I was inspired to be more creative and work as hard as ever.
A confident girl glows with beauty that no one can take away from her, as long as she knows what she believes in and stands by it.
Now here’s what fitness has to do with it all. I know a lot of us start working out because we are on level 2, searching for a way to achieve the body of our dreams. You work hard. You see changes. But once your mind clicks and you begin to truly embrace the intangible joys of exercise – there are so many other benefits that come along with it. Start appreciating your body and show it some love. You will see that your positive energy will build up a fiery ball of confidence that will drive you through life.
If you’re feeling unsure about your looks, your weight, your relationship, what you wanna do in life etc…start focusing on what you ARE sure about. And that’s YOU. You are an expert on you. Hone in on what makes you feel alive, what makes you happy. Do more of that. Your fire will burn brighter and you will be able to blaze through everything in your path.
This is the same fire that will take you through some of the toughest workouts of your life.
NOW GO KILL IT :)
Tell me in the comments – what makes you truly happy! I’d love to hear!