Note to Self: I’m Going to Make You So Proud

from Matt’s Instagram (@mattllano) and Facebook (@llanoruns)

I’m not a big fan of birthdays or New Year’s resolutions because I don’t believe anything really changes with the transition into a new year. We all have areas we can improve upon, and I think *any* time is a good time to make a positive and impactful change for the better. That said, it is a good time to reflect on the previous year and objectively assess if you’re achieving your goals, and if not, why that may be.

One thing that most people have some room to work on is POSITIVE self-talk. If we all take a moment to reflect on our inner dialogue, think about if we would talk to other people that way. I know I wouldn’t.

For instance, I’m working through a core injury right now that drastically limits what physical activity I’m able to do, and, despite my hours of biking and physical therapy every day, my body has gotten a little soft, but my inner dialogue is a lot more harsh than this. I promise you that I’ve insulted myself worse than anyone else ever could (but let’s not test that theory). Yes, despite the fact that it’s not often discussed, men struggle with body image issues, too.

I recently read a great blog by my friend and agent, Josh Cox, in which he says that nothing changes unless we make an intentional effort to change ourselves. That really resonated for me. Think about it: whatever your aspirations, you’re not going to achieve them by sitting on the couch watching F•R•I•E•N•D•S reruns all day while thinking about what you COULD be doing better. I can admit that I was definitely guilty of this at times in 2016, and I will tell you it will probably happen in the future – not because I plan to, but because I am imperfect, and that’s okay.

It’s going to be a process, but I’m challenging myself to find my positive inner voice, even in arduous times. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Leave me a comment or shoot me a message if you’re also enacting steps to better yourself, because, in the end, we’re all in this together.

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