Swimsuit Confidence is…facing fear, respecting yourself & knowing what matters

Rather than assume or ask people to respect your focus and dedication…behave and communicate in a way that shows the world YOU respect your work. When YOU respect your work, others will too! This means you have to be confident in yourself. You have to like what you do and believe in your HUSTLE. You have to be willing to serve. You have to truly like yourself. Like and love are different. You may like yourself for you appearance, achievements or people’s perception of you, but you love yourself for who you are, what you believe in, your integrity and the confidence of knowing you’re doing the right thing. – Chalene Johnson

I came across this post from Chalene Johnson (a phenomenal woman/fitness icon I’ve admired and learned quite a bit from over the years) and it sparked a flame in me that was waiting to be reignited.

A huge part of finding confidence is learning to face fears. Not just stand in front of the fear but flat-out punch it in the face, even laugh at it! Part of facing our fears is learning to do what matters. When we shift our focus to what really matters we’ve made a conscious effort to shut down access to the stuff that doesn’t matter.

ACTION ALWAYS BEATS INTENTION

Confidence is knowing that God has qualified you, fixed (redeemed) you and will fill up any empty place in your life. Not to mention, He’s confirmed that you area already amazing. Everything we do, everything we say, everything we consider making a part of our day -to-day should line up & confirm who God says you are!!!

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In the book START by Jon Acuff, he makes the profound recommendation journaling this new experience, he suggests starting with making a list of the conversations you have with yourself.  The very first step on the road to awesome tends to wake fear and doubt from their slumber.

“The second you choose to be more awesome, fear will ask you a question: {Who are you to do that}.  Fear doesn’t care what your particular ‘that’ is. Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.” [START by Jon Acuff]

Doubt and fear are like muscles. Every time you believe a lie about yourself, it gets easier to believe it the next time. -Jon Acuff

Now what? Now we face fear. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive and make sure it lines up with God. One version says ‘and make it obey Christ’. We’re going to beat our voices by doing two things.

  1. Document them. Buy a journal. You’ll keep walking in circles unless you document your experience. Answer the question, “What do my voices of fear and doubt tell me?” Every time you bump into one, write it down. 
  2. Share your voice. Do you know what fear and doubt fear? Community. inneractive FITCLUB is COMMUNITY!!!!!

“One of fear and doubt’s chief aim is to make you feel alone. Like you’re the only one who feels a certain way. Fear wants to isolate you and put you on an island. As long as you keep your fear to yourself, no one can tell you the truth about it. ” -(Acuff pg 74 START.)

According to Acuff, “You may not have the road completely mapped out, but you CAN control the starting line. Action beats intention every time. It’s time to START.”

 

Be willing to mock fear, punch it in the face, and focus on what matters most.  Once you’re done laughing at your fears, make them face the truth. Next to each one you write down, write down what is true.  Remember take EVERY thought captive and measure it against what God says is true for you.  Gaining confidence is nothing if it’s merely for our own benefit. Do work that matters. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

 

What fears have you identified? What truths have you punched them with? Comment down below.

 

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3 Thoughts on “Swimsuit Confidence is…facing fear, respecting yourself & knowing what matters

  1. Michelle on June 13, 2013 at 3:01 am said:

    This is profound Amia!!!! Since I was a little girl (I remember clearly in first grade at school PE I would be terrified to swim, not because I couldn’t swim, but because I was not competitive like the other kids & feeling awkward, uncomfortable in the swimsuit uniform & cap..) I would say this over & over & still do like my mom taught me so well (a little adapted for “me”)

    God hasnt given me a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind.
    2 Timothy 1:7

  2. Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, appreciate it. “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” by Euripides.

  3. myrnelle on June 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm said:

    This is amazing and so thought provoking. Thank you for sharing!!! My biggest fear is not being able to be consistent and confident with and about what I am doing to get my health back. I have always started some kind of challenge but never ended it. I want to finally start one now and accomplish this summer swimsuit challenge once and for all!!!

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