By Donna Gates, as seen on:

This past week I was working with a client and reminded about how difficult it can be for many people to make those first steps to take control of their health.

Sometimes, as much as we want a serious change, we sabotage ourselves because on a subconscious level we may not think that we deserve to lose the weight, conquer an illness, or feel complete joy in each and every moment.

Part of this is due to the fact that when we are looking for answers and wanting to undergo a transformation, we often forget that we have everything we need.

We lose sight of this simple fact. It’s all right here before us and it all works together. I find it is difficult to feel better mentally without first feeling better physically. The body is a chemical producing machine, and those feel good brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters, often need a boost to ensure that our willpower is strengthened for times of personal growth.

So I recommend to take those steps to feel better physically and mentally right now—don’t wait till January 1st or some other random date–start eating fermented vegetables and drinking probiotic beverages like coconut water kefir, start limiting caffeine and sugar, start choosing healthy oils, start limiting gluten–but also, equally as important, start loving yourself.

One person I deeply admire and am blessed to call a friend is inspirational author Louise Hay. Her beautiful soul radiates and affects everyone around her. I find her wisdom and guidance to be so transformational and thus a powerful tool for those about to address their health concerns.

Louise recommends that we all begin and end our day in front of the mirror. Not to criticize ourselves, which is what many of us do when we stand before a mirror.

Louise asks that when we look in the mirror we say, “I love you. I really, really love you.”

How many times do we look in the mirror and use those seconds to find something that we do not like? Or something that we wish to change? Instead of feeling unhappy with what we see, we can choose to look into the mirror and feel love.

We can love the body that serves us each and every day.

We can take a moment and cherish the face we see reflected back to us.

We can smile.

And we can appreciate the warmth and light that shines through our eyes.

Instead of seeing our flaws and imperfections, we can make an active choice to give and receive love. Just by looking in the mirror!

With 2013 just around the corner, so many of us will be making New Year’s Resolutions based on what we see in the mirror. And many of these resolutions do not make it past the first few weeks of the year.

Research says most resolutions fail because the belief pattern that they are based on has not yet changed.

So instead of waiting for next year to begin, start now, but while resolving to lose weight or quit a habit, also consider taking time every morning and evening to charge your spiritual engine for change and simply tell yourself, “I love you. I really, really love you.”

While life may be full of heartfelt relationships that inspire you to grow and to live the life of your dreams, it is the relationship that you have with yourself that matters most. Transformation begins within.

You are your best teacher.

You are your most beloved friend.

You are your greatest mentor.

Real transformation is possible. It starts now and it starts with you.

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