14 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

It took me a long, long time to fully understand that the struggle with my body image was keeping me from growing and expanding my entire life. I realized, in the process of struggling with my body image issues, I was disconnected from my personal power.

If I had been connected to my personal power, I would not have been critical of my body at all. I would have honored myself and only noticed my beauty and wonder. I would have taken action to create my most yummy life.

Instead, I stayed in pain and missed opportunities for fun, love, and adventure.

My BIG turning point was when I realized my body images issues were nothing but a BIG DISTRACTION keeping me in hiding, preventing me from taking risk and living the life I really wanted to live.

I deeply began to understand that obsessing about my body was a big decoy because I was really afraid of not being enough, failing, measuring up, to receive love, my life change, and so on, and so on.

I now know how to live a life FREE from struggling with body image issues, and I want to help you find this freedom too. It’s very empowering and life changing.

I learned a huge reason why we struggle. Struggling only keeps us from expanding and up-leveling our life and business. Body image issues constrict us (at every level) and deplete and drain us, and keep us imprisoned. It blocks true intimacy with life, keeping us from savoring or experiencing it fully.

When we obsess about our body, it is a huge indication that something is out of alignment within our heart, mind and life. It shows us we are disconnected from our truth and personal power and are hiding from what we are really afraid of.

Many women I have worked with have struggled with their body image. It breaks my heart because I know these women really desire a full and bodacious life with complete emotional and financial freedom.

Body image issues are a big distraction, keeping you confined from taking action and fully creating the life you want.

Here are some guidelines you can follow to move away from body image issues and into full freedom where you love your body and allow success to come to you:

Who would you be and what would do (confident, happy, blissful, really successful)?

  1. Your body is completely brilliant and takes care of all things for you. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it and listen to it.
  2. Create a list of all the wonderful things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often. Example: I love my legs because they take me great places and I get to see so many wonderful places with them.
  3. Make peace. Your body is a beautiful vessel that carries your soul.
  4. When you obsess about your body image, ask yourself this question: “What is it that I really want in my life that I do not yet have?”
  5. Visualize feeling amazing in your body and skin. Fully connect to it. This will instantly empower you to take better care of it.
  6. Re-focus on something that you really love about your body (you will find it be willing to look with love).
  7. Reflect on all the things you really want to accomplish in your life and business. Realize that if you shift your focus away from negative thoughts about your body, you’ll move into beautiful thoughts of achieving your true dreams and desires. This shift will instantly make you feel better.
  8. Make a list of the things you have put off due to body image issues, then go and take action on one item. Notice how fantastic this feels.
  9. Write a Thank You letter to your body for all it’s wonder and beauty.
  10. Rest and nourish your body like royalty. Rest, replenish, stretch, massage, hydrate, and moisturize it.
  11. Exercise because it connects you with your personal power and makes your body healthy, strong, and shapely.
  12. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body and connect to this feeling again. You will take inspired action from this feeling state.
  13. Write a list of at least 10 positive things about yourself and add to this list daily.
  14. When you find yourself being harsh on your body, get curious and find out what your really afraid of.

Doing even one of these action items will shift your energy, connect you with your beautiful body, and move you into a place that allows more abundance in your life.

Body Language For Business

People do not realize the importance of body language. When speaking to people, we know what language we are speaking. But at the same time we are speaking a whole other language, body language. Plus the person you are talking to does not realize the effect it is having on them.

When talking to people you may be saying one thing but your body could be saying something completely different. You don’t have to say a word but your body language will tell your true feelings and thoughts. I am sure you have heard the old expression, “Actions speak louder then words”.

They say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Besides speaking, the eyes are the most obvious way you communicate. When speaking to someone the eyes are the first place a person will look. When a person is gazing directly at you, you show interest. If you fail to make eye contact you give the impression that the other person is of no importance.
Maintain eye contact about 60% of the time in order to look interested, but not aggressive.

Your facial expression will tell people a lot about your feelings. It is a form of non-verbal communication. Your facial expression communicates happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, surprise and the list goes on and on. It is important to be aware of your expression during a presentation.

Your mouth can say a lot without even speaking. Smiling adds a sense of confidence and warmth. People are more receptive when they see a warm smile.

The placement of arms can tell what a person is feeling. Arms folded over a person’s chest can mean they have no interest in what is being said. The best way to use your arms is to keep them by your side. You will look more relaxed and confident if the arms are kept by your side. Waving your arms around may hurt your image.

Do not put your hands in your pockets or clasp in front of or behind the body. Your hands should never be above your neck. It is unprofessional to touch your hair or face during an interview or presentation. Or if sitting at a table do not put your hands under it.

The position of your legs can tell a lot as well. Moving your legs a lot shows you are nervous. Never cross your legs. The polished professional has their feet flat on the floor or legs crossed at the ankles.

The Importance of Business Body Language

Most of us go about our daily business, and conduct a number of both business and personal conversations without giving much thought to what the body language we use is saying to other people. In business though it really is as much about the way you say something as the actual words you use.

But what does the way you conduct yourself and your conversations say about you, and what might others be thinking?

Eye contact is of course very important. Maintaining eye contact with another person during a conversation is of course the best way to convey that you are truly interested in what they have to say. But there is a fine line between eye contact and out and out staring, which is discomforting to most people. However, beware of those who speak to you without making eye contact at all, as that is often a good indicator that someone is being less than honest with you.

Holding your head up straight while delivering a speech or presentation conveys the right air of authority. However, tilting one’s head to the side occasionally while listening to someone else speak conveys that you are truly interested in what they are saying.

Your hands and arms say a lot in conversation too. Folded arms indicate defensiveness, and can be very off putting to the other parties involved in the conversation, as can having your hands shoved into your pockets. Excessive hand gestures can also detract from your message, so the best place for your hands, during a business conversation at least, is at your side.

When it comes to posture what you learned to do in grade school, sit or stand up straight and tall, applies in the business world too. Slouching indicates a lethargic, disinterested person, who no one will want to do business with.

Watch where you place your legs when seated at a business meeting too. You can often tell if a person is nervous because their legs move about endlessly, which can be off-putting too all at the table. For women, crossing the legs can send out a rather unprofessional signal so if you must do it, cross them at the ankle, not the knee. Guys should avoid the “figure four” resting one leg or ankle on top of the other knee. This is taken by others as a sign of cockiness that can put the observer off you before you ever open your mouth to speak.