I stumbled across a profile on Instagram that just overwhelmed me with inspiration. The owner of this profile is Jay R McDonald and he is nothing short of motivational. His posts show his journey through fitness and his determination to help others achieve their goals. Although I am no gym junkie and should surely get my buns in there more often, he inspires me to push harder to attain my own dreams.
That being said, thank you Jay for your contribution to The Basic Bish. I am ever so grateful you took the time out of your busy schedule to write this marvellous piece together.
Jay R McDonald for The Basic Bish:
“My goal is to inspire and influence people like you do. You’re such an amazing icon and inspiration to many people.”
Whoa… “Positivity shots” fired! Officer down!
Waking up to that message hit me right in the feel goods.
When Jessica asked me to contribute to this amazing blog, I was humbled and honoured. I don’t consider myself much of a writer BUT since you asked so elegantly, I will see what I can ramble out…
You are probably scrolling on your cell phone or reading this in line at Starbucks, so I am going to try to keep this short and sweet enough that you can make it to the bottom by the time the caramel kisses the foam on the top of your macchiato.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of motivation is, “Thoughts become things”… This is what I want to address today.
So often I hear things (aka bullshit) like:
“I am so fat”
“I want to be pretty with a beautiful body like so and so, but I’m too chunky”
“I have tried everything but I am still so chubby”
“I am so scrawny, I want to be buff like you”
“Look at her body! Why am I such a fat mess?”
These are real statements and real questions from real people.. Now that I got the ball rolling you’re probably thinking “yeah you’re right, I am this or that”
S-T-O-P that thinking RIGHT NOW. If you heard someone calling a stranger those things you would interject and say something wouldn’t you? So WHY do you sit there a shit talk yourself?!
YOU are NOT FAT
YOU are NOT UGLY
YOUR LEGS ARE NOT TOO BIG (side note ladies.. us guys love some strong powerful legs. Embrace those bad boys poppin in your LuLu’s)
You ARE Stacy with the contagious laugh and BEAUTIFUL smile
You ARE Chris with the strikingly handsome features and heart of gold
You ARE YOU and that is why we love YOU.
You are admired from afar and loved up close for the person you are, not the size of your waist or biceps.
That being said, It is perfectly okay to want to become the best version of yourself, but YOUR THINKING MUST CHANGE.
“The me I see is the me I will be”… I want you to adopt this way of thinking TODAY.
Close your eyes and picture your perfect you. See it, touch it, smell it, feel it, embrace it, and love it. Our subconscious mind works in miraculous ways and being able to envision, see, and believe yourself at your best will bring you straight there.
Think like a torpedo. Torpedo’s don’t achieve hitting their target by being shot out of a submarine and swimming straight to it. The target is acquired, torpedo released, then 4,565 mistakes (don’t quote me on that number) and course corrections until it hits the goal.
Veer to the right? Course correct. Sway to the left? Course correct… You get the idea. Eventually you will fail FORWARD so many times that the target is inevitably hit!
Change your thinking, change your life.
Stay motivated, dedicated, and keep on smiling you beautiful creature you.
From “Fat boy” to “Manorexic”, I have been there and done that. My name is Jay R McDonald and I am the man on a mission to help others find comfort in their own skin.