“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Elenor Roosevelt
WOW—you can read that again. Did you know you can choose to be strong and happy? It’s hard to believe that sometimes when we are comparing ourselves to others, succumbing to imposter syndrome, or even being confused on what our higher calling is.
What does the word “empower” mean to you?
To us, “empower” or “empowering” means feeling confident, secure, and helping others feel the same way. Feeling empowered is GOALS, right? We want you, us, everybody to feel empowered all the time—that’s the secret to truly making an impact in our lives and those around us. (Think about what feeling empowered means to you as you keep reading.)
Pure Barre has a class called Pure Empower—a high-energy, cross-training class—and their statement for this class is “Change how you move. Change your results”.
That saying really speaks to us! It’s so true, you know? We partnered with Pure Barre Chastain Park to lead The Fit Atlanta community through a Pure Empower workout, followed by a mini-keynote by Kristin Oja, founder of STAT Wellness, who spoke about “Empowerment and Finding Your Why”—we’re sharing her tips and trick for how to fight imposter syndrome and empower your self to achieve below.
First, we need to share how good of a workout Pure Empower is! Sometimes there’s a misconception that barre isn’t a tough enough workout, or it’s “girly”. Ok… we’re putting a stop to that right now because Pure Empower by Pure Barre is NO JOKE.
Pure Empower is the perfect mix of dynamic movements to target various muscle groups at a fast pace.
You’re constantly moving and switching up the workouts (which is proven to stimulate your brain function) at a high-intensity but low-impact pace. Basically at Pure Empower, you’re going to rev up your metabolism, get a good muscle burn, and get smarter! Here for it. At The Fit Atlanta, we always suggest switching up your workings and trying new styles of training.
Tips for beating imposter syndrome and feeling self-empowered
According to Psychology Today, “imposter syndrome” is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.
And it can really crush our souls. Comparison is the ultimate empowerment-sucker. Below are mic-drop statements we’ve expanded on from our mini-keynote with Kristin Oja after Pure Empower. Take these words of wisdom and run with them!
- Define your “why”. Your “why” is your life’s mission in one sentence. Know your why, stamp it on your heart, and pump it through your veins.
- Stop comparing yourself. Whether you’re comparing yourself to instagram models, a business competitor, the guy or gal to seems to have it all—stop. Stop it now. Kristin shared with us, “the world is big enough for both of you to thrive”. Amen!
- You have to have non-negotiables. These are the things you cannot forgo in order for you to have success and happiness in your own personal journey—no matter what anyone else is doing. Examples of non-negotiables: sleep, spending quality time with your spouse, sticking to a budget, time-blocking your work, sticking to your morning routine. What are your non-negotiables?
- Reflect on gratitude when you feel down. Kristin suggests keeping a gratitude journal and writing down three things your grateful for at the end of each day. This is a grounding exercise to bring you back down to YOU and promote feelings of positivity.
- Do your best and forget the rest. You can’t make everybody happy—it’s just not possible. Go easy on yourself and do the best you can do.
- We have the power to be our healthiest selves. How empowering is that mindset shift? It’s up to you to workout, eat well, get enough sleep, put your phone away one hour before bedtime, get your work done on time, etc. You have the control. Be mindful of your habits.
- Bring joy to one another and ourselves. Life is too short to be mad, uptight, anxious, bitter, and sad. Life is definitely too precious to be comparing ourselves to others, too. “Comparison is the thief of joy”—you’ve heard that before, right? Once we choose to stop comparing ourselves to others (remember, we have the power to control this) we can experience the ultimate joy and share it with others. Talk about empowering!
Do you have a tip to add to this list? Leave us a comment!
Check our more pictures from our Pure Empower class with Pure Barre Chastain Park below, including partners Matachgi, Aillea, and Georgia Grinders.