Input vs. Output

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If you put water in your car's gas tank what will happen? 
Nothing good right?

If you only ate McDonald's Cheeseburgers how would your next workout feel? 
Not good right? 

If you put yourself down all the time, beat yourself up about not being "enough" and resort to gossip,  self-comparison and critique, how will your relationships, work, and day-to-day life be? 
Not good. 

Because here's the thing y'all, what we take in (input) vastly affects what we produce (output.) You are an amazing, lovely living being that requires fuel to survive and fuel to thrive.  So if we want to maximize how we are in the world, to our loved ones, clients, lovers, friends and ourselves, we need to consider what are we fueling ourselves with. AND, not just healthy food, water, etc, but what are we taking in emotionally and spiritually. 

Clearly, we consume an amazing amount of information everyday - from our phones to advertisements, we are bombarded with information about how and what we should be. It can feel overwhelming, like we are letting people down and that we are constantly not good enough. And that can make us unhappy, it can make us anxious and it can make us nasty and catty.

To that end, I want to encourage all of us to make conscious efforts to fuel ourselves with positivity. This allows you to change your state and give better things to the world. 

A few first steps to up your input game so you can step up your output: 

  • Who and what are you following? So, I am not going to tell you to give up social media (in fact I love it!) BUT, I am going to ask you to consider who and what you are following. If you find that an account is constantly giving you feelings of low self worth or comparison, unfollow them. Think about some of the amazing positive accounts out there that will fill your feed with good vibes. A few of my favorites: nayyirah.waheed, tanksgoodnews, baddiewinkle (in case you wanted to know what I will look like when I am older)

  • Start with something positive. What is the first thing you do in the morning. Instead of tv or your phone (ahem), consider starting with a meditation or, my favorite, reading something inspirational. I read for 20 minutes while I drink my coffee, and then start my day.

  • Talk to people (NOT TEXTING!) Reach out to a dear friend and TALK. Spend time not talking about other people, but life, daily events, or how you all are kicking ass and taking names in your lives! Human connection is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.

  • Consume silence. Take a minute in the car or in your home and sit in the silence. Sitting for a minute and taking some deep breaths. I LOVE 4-7-8 BREATHING, it can be healing, especially on a busy day.

  • MUSIC! What's more inspiring/mood-changing than music. I even made some playlists:

Try out all or a few of these and let me know how it's going! 

Lisa Zahiya