PART ONE !
The Havana Elephant Brand is all about Living life big, in style and always find something to celebrate but one thing that is really important if you are to embrace the Havana Elephants way of life is to be able to like yourself. It's truly important.
Learning to appreciate and accept who you are is one of the most important things you can do. Adopting a "go big or go home" mentality can help motivate you to pursue your goals and live life to the fullest. Here are 10 reasons why learning self-love and self-acceptance is so vital.
- You'll have more confidence. When you learn to like yourself, you gain confidence in who you are as a person. You'll feel more comfortable in your own skin and project an air of self-assurance. This confidence allows you to take more risks and put yourself out there without fear of judgement.
- You'll attract more positive relationships. People are naturally drawn to those who radiate self-love and acceptance. When you feel good about yourself, you'll attract more supportive and fulfilling relationships with friends, significant others and co-workers. Appreciating your own worth makes it easier to surround yourself with people who value you.
- You'll stop comparing yourself to others. Learning to like yourself helps you stop agonizing over what others have or how they look. Once you embrace your own uniqueness, you'll stop coveting other people's lives and appearances. You'll realize the only person you need to measure up to is yourself.
- You'll have the courage to go after your dreams. With self-acceptance comes the bravery to pursue your boldest dreams. If you believe in your abilities and feel confident, you'll have the guts to take the leap toward your passions. Rather than settling for less, you'll strive for greatness knowing you are worthy.
- You'll bounce back faster from setbacks. When you practice self-love, failures and mistakes won't drag you down as much. You'll have an easier time picking yourself up, learning from errors and trying again. With self-compassion, you're able to cope better with hardships and continue moving forward.
- Your mental health will improve. Many mental health issues like depression and anxiety are exacerbated by negative self-talk and low self-esteem. Liking who you are can dramatically reduce mental health symptoms and boost overall wellbeing. You'll have a more positive inner voice that uplifts you.
- You'll have better relationships with others. When you accept yourself, flaws and all, it's easier to accept others too. You'll be less judgemental, more patient and able to empathize. Appreciating your humanness allows you to appreciate the humanity in other people.
- You'll live more authentically. Self-acceptance gives you the courage to live as your true self, not who others want you to be. You'll feel free to express your real personality, passions and quirks. Shedding others' expectations lets you live a more genuine, fulfilling life.
- You'll take better care of yourself. Those who practice self-love tend to make self-care a priority and engage in healthier habits. You'll make time for adequate sleep, healthy food, exercise and relaxing activities. When you care for yourself, you're driven to treat your body and mind well.
- You'll have the guts to go big or go home. When you adopt the "go big or go home" attitude that comes with self-love, you'll have the courage and motivation to go after big goals. Rather than settling for mediocrity, you'll shoot for the stars and live boldly. With self-belief, no vision will seem too outrageous or unattainable.
Going big or going home means pursuing your biggest, boldest dreams and not settling for less. Here are five tips for getting into this mindset:
1. Set audacious goals. Don't be afraid to set ambitious, seemingly impossible goals. Stretch yourself by identifying the biggest accomplishments you can imagine. Dream big - whether it's starting your own company, publishing a bestselling book or making a scientific breakthrough.
- Adopt a growth mindset. Believe you can get better at anything through practice and effort. People with a growth mindset see ability as changeable, not fixed. Maintain determination and view failures as opportunities to improve. Develop grit to stick to your big goals despite obstacles.
- Visualize success. Envision yourself achieving your biggest goals. Your mind believes what you feed it. Use visualization techniques like creative imagery to see and feel yourself succeeding. This mental rehearsal primes you for the real thing.
- Find accountability partners. Surround yourself with supportive people who will hold you accountable. Tell trusted friends your biggest dreams and ask them to check in on your progress. Having people who believe in you and your big goals gives you motivation.
- Take daily small steps. The path to huge accomplishments is paved with small wins. Outline specific daily and weekly actions that inch you closer to your ultimate aims. Stay focused on these small steps rather than getting overwhelmed by the big picture.
Going big often requires overcoming fears and self-doubt. Here are five ways to get out of your comfort zone:
- Practice positive self-talk. Counter scared and doubtful thoughts with affirming self-talk. When your inner critic whispers you can't do something, react with compassion. Try saying things like "I am brave and capable" or "I believe in myself."
- Reframe anxiety as excitement. The physical sensations of anxiety and excitement are similar. When you feel anxious, reframe it as energizing excitement. This simple mindset shift can help you face fears.
- Lean into discomfort. Progress happens outside your comfort zone. Learn to lean into and embrace discomfort. Remind yourself feeling uneasy means you're about to grow. Discomfort shouldn't be avoided but embraced.
- Break big goals into smaller steps. Big intimidating goals become more manageable when broken down. Rather than focusing on the huge end result, take it step-by-step. Small incremental progress boosts confidence.
- Enlist support. Don't go it alone. Share your goals and fears with trusted friends, mentors and professionals. Their encouragement can give you the strength to persist despite self-doubt. Having backup makes big challenges less scary.
Going big often requires perseverance in the face of setbacks. Here are five ways to bounce back from failure and keep chasing ambitious goals:
- Reframe failure as a learning experience. The most successful people view failure as feedback to help them improve. Rather than labeling a setback permanent, reframe it as a valuable lesson that gets you closer to your goal.
- Analyze what went wrong. Take time to identify exactly what missteps occurred. Could you have prepared differently? Made smarter decisions? Pinpoint failures so you can correct them going forward.
- Make adjustments and try again. Use your analysis to tweak your approach, strategy and preparation. Learn from what went wrong to make a better attempt. Persist with the knowledge gained from previous fails.
- Remember your “why”. When discouragement sets in, reconnect with your motivating reason for setting a big goal. Your "why" - like providing for family or making an impact - gives you purpose to keep trying.
- Manage your mindset. Stay positive and determined when things get tough. Adopt empowering beliefs like "I will figure this out" or "I'm getting stronger." Don't allow self-limiting thoughts to convince you to quit.
Pursuing ambitious goals often requires making difficult sacrifices. Here are five strategies to stay motivated when chasing big dreams:
- Visualize the end result. Continuously connect to the compelling vision of your completed goal. When sacrifice gets hard, vividly imagine the feeling of achievement. Keep the finish line in focus.
- Adopt mantras. Stay inspired with motivating mantras like "No pain, no gain!" or "Go big or go home!" Repeat encouraging words whenever you need extra incentive to keep giving things up.
- Minimize temptations. Reduce distractions that could lead you astray. If social media steals motivation, delete apps. If friends lure you out, reduce contact for a while. Manage exposure to temptation.
- Reward progress. Celebrate each sacrifice and achievement with small rewards. Treating yourself to a meal out or new book reminds you progress feels good. Milestone rewards keep you motivated.
- Connect to your “why”. Revisit the emotional reasons you set ambitious goals whenever sacrifice feels tough. Your motivating whys - like inspiring others or building something great - make giving things up worthwhile.
Sometimes chasing huge goals means persisting despite fear. Here are five tips for mustering courage when self-doubt strikes:
- Lean into fear. Rather than avoiding anxiety, move toward it. Lean into the fearful feelings and do what scares you before anxiety builds further. Momentum generates courage.
- Harness excitement. Reframe fear as exhilarating excitement. The physical sensations are similar, so mentally recasting nerves as adrenaline can empower you.
- Control focus. When afraid, pay attention to your breathing and physical sensations instead of scared thoughts. Keeping focus inward calms nerves so you can act.
- Affirm your power. Boost courage with affirmations like "I am brave and capable" or "I can handle this." Claiming your strength out loud builds resilience against self-doubt.
- Visualize success. Envision yourself successfully facing the scary thing. Imagining a positive outcome helps assure your brain that you will survive and thrive.
PART TWO NEXT WEEK .