Do you know the power of moms?
I mean it. Do you realize truly how powerful moms are?
This month's theme for FIT4MOM is the Power Of Moms.
Beyonce was on the right path when she said that girls run the world. They sure do! And moms lead the charge! Moms represent a $2.4 trillion market. Moms make most of the household purchasing decisions. But it's not just the buying power that makes moms strong. We are political advocates, entrepreneurs, forerunners in medicine and education. We are raising the next generation of leaders, thought provokers and peacekeepers. If we work together, we have the power to shape the world. But to do this we need to lift each other up. We need to realize our own inner power.
1. Let's put an end to gossip. We cannot lift each other up if we succumb to putting each other down. Pay attention to how often conversations may turn catty. Pause and take time to think about the person you are talking about. Put yourself in their shoes. If you wouldn't say it in front of them, you probably shouldn't be saying it.
“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind” –Buddha
2. Shine a light on our shadows. We must stop trying to hide our flaws, our mistakes, our perceived shortcomings. It is our humanity that brings us together. Why do you think we love the viral videos with women with no make up or who show off their real bodies? We must stop concealing our true identities. Our raw, true self is the most beautiful...and the most powerful.
3. Live big. Express your brilliance. Live out your possibility. Get out from the shadow of others. Get out from your own shadow. Live out loud. Be brilliant. Be kind. Live fully. Take a chance.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" Marianne Williamson
4. Turn off the media. Turn off the shows that support the stereotypes we are so trying to break. Throw away the magazines that ask who wore it better or point out women's flaws, diets and photo-shopped fantasies. We are to blame for continuing these stereotypes if we continue to support their existence. If what you are looking at does not make you feel good, strong, inspired, you probably should turn it off.
5. Quiet your inner mean girl. How many times a day does the voice in your head say you are not good enough? Does that voice pick apart your body, your parenting, your life? Stop that voice and say it again. Only this time, find the beauty, the strength, the unique things that make you you. You will get what you focus on.
Moms are a catalyst for change. We have the power to teach, inspire and lead. It takes real strength to lift someone up higher, to pull them up after they have fallen down and to hold them up when they are too weak to stand alone. That is the strength of moms. That is the power of moms.