“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh
One of the keys to Self-Confidence is awareness. And then the ability to know where you are holding yourself back.
The realisation of the negative and untrue narrative in your head.
You know the voice, the one that says things like…
Don’t sign up to that salsa class, you’ll make a fool of yourself…
No one will want to hear what you have to say, don’t write that book or blog…
Some people are just born with talent… I am not…
It’s too late and there is no point to start NOW. I am too old…
They are all doing so well, not me, oh well. I’ll just keep doing what I am doing…
I’m too fat to do that…
Do any of these sound familiar?
We know this voice well.
And it was the author, Louise Hay who made us well aware of it.
We realised we’d both spent most of our teenage years and early 20s shaming and putting ourselves down.
Not out loud… inside our minds.
Not every now and then… constantly!
And with the awareness… first came the shock, the annoyance of the wasted time, the guilt, the shame…
However then came the AHA! and the ability to make a change.
“Remember, you have been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise Hay.
The change didn’t happen overnight.
It took practise… it took time.
It took post-it note reminders on the mirror.
It took daily discussions with each other (many of these are on the Get Merry Podcast).
It involved reading more, learning from experts like Brene Brown and Byron Katie.
It took us down an amazing path. An adventure inwards.
It allowed us to deeply believe in ourselves and think… YES, it is all possible!
It led us to Yoga and Pilates.
We then combined Yoga and Pilates with this Self-Approving and Self-Accepting mindset (and this was the real magic).
You see our Yoga and Pilates became our daily practice to express and live with more Self-Acceptance.
The movement as a daily action became an affirmation, an intention setting practice.
A method to quieten down the untrue voice in the mind and instead, raise the voice of Self-Belief and Self-Confidence.
We couldn’t keep all this to ourselves, and so, it led us to create MerryBody Online Studio.
We realised that a happy, healthy body starts with your mindset, not a meal plan. It’s about the relationship with your body, not a number of reps.
This is why the MerryBody Method combines Yoga, Pilates and Meditation with the mindset of Self-Acceptance.
It’s a tool you can keep in your back pocket (literally, because it’s an app on your mobile) to use when you need it most.
To use in those moments of Self-Doubt.
In those moments where you need a reminder… that YOU ARE ENOUGH JUST AS YOU ARE (and yes, capitals required).
A tool to use when you need to get out of your head and into your heart.
A tool to use when you’re feeling anxious and unsettled, it reminds you to breathe, and relax your shoulders back and down.
It has the capacity to completely re-write the stories you tell yourself.
So, check in.
How loud is that voice in your mind?
The voice saying NO to salsa, NO to joy, NO to Yoga, NO to painting, NO to trying whatever it is you want to try!
The voice simply saying NO to you.
And then take action.
If the voice is loud and constant find a tool to help you quieten that voice down.
Now is the ultimate time to join as we begin our next 21 Day Yoga, Pilates and Meditation Challenge super soon!
No time wasted getting to a gym or finding a park. Get ready for daily classes all planned out for you.
No decision required to pick the online class, we’ve done it for you!
And yes, there is always that doubt… will I sign up and not follow through? Will I buy another product and will it just sit there?
We’ve all been there!
We assure you when you do join you’ll feel supported and confident to get on the mat every day of the Challenge.
Even if it’s just for 5 minutes (yes, there are 5 minute classes you can swap to on those busy days!).
During the Challenges, the community energy is high and extra motivating.
And we are there by your side.
Although you will be in the comfort of your home, exercising at a time that suits you… you won’t feel alone.
To be part of it all, simply sign up to MerryBody HERE, your first 7 Days are free.
Together, let’s raise the voice of your Self-Confidence, your Self-Belief and your Self-Acceptance.
Emma + Carla