What Is “Proud” Athleisure?

There is not one person on the face of this earth that is the same as anyone else. You are not the same as any other person, nobody is exactly the same as you, and we are all different from one another. 

As people, we yearn to make a difference, to leave our mark. And most of us know helping other people's lives has positive impacts on our own — making us happier, more balanced, and providing us with a greater sense of purpose in our everyday life. We like to wear what makes us proud— on our sleeves.

But, it can be easy to get bogged down in the daily grind and miss the benefits, to ourselves and our communities, that getting involved can provide.

The world will always try to tell us who we should or shouldn't be. But it's our mission as human beings to set an example and be proud of who we are. Here are 7 ways to become someone that you are proud to be. 

1. Learn To Focus On The Positives 

You need to learn how to focus your mental spotlight on your achievements and all of the positive things the world has to offer. Perfecting this will ensure that the next time you make a mistake or something goes wrong, you won't beat yourself up about it.

Instead of: I am frustrated that I am stuck at home and feeling overwhelmed→ I want my life to get back to normal. Being stressed like this makes me extra moody and I am cooking/baking/eating and drinking more than my fair share. This stuck at home loop-tape leaves out the positives.

You can think: I am definitely not the only one feeling this. I am grateful to be at home with the people I love most including my fur children; I am getting better at dealing with technology glitches that are an inevitable part of work and schooling from home. I get to set my own schedule, so I have time to squeeze in some exercise, learn something new or check in on someone who might need some extra help.

The next time you're facing a challenge or something goes wrong, take a deep breath, focus on some positives in the situation - any positives at all - and then make a plan for solving the problem. 

For example, I didn't get the job. But I'm proud I went for it. And at least I've got some interview experience now for the next time. 

2. Be Open to Change

To become a better person, you have to be open to new options and willing to move past or at least ‘evolve’ prior beliefs. 

Change is one of the only ways to grow into the person that you are so eager to become. When you resist change, you limit your ability to succeed. It's as simple as that. 

When you keep an open mind and are open to change, you can grow into the person you want to become, and that person will be someone you are proud to be, and others will be proud to know. 

3. Own Your Mistakes

It's easy to make excuses when things go wrong. It's even easier to blame others for the mistakes you made or the reasons that you have. From your boss to your friends, when we make excuses, it is easy to say that it is everyone else's fault but our own.

Instead, learn to own your mistakes. It’s emancipating. When you take responsibility for your mistakes, those feelings of anger and resentment instantly dissolve and you are free to make things right. This is a crucial skill to know both personally and professionally. 

They say failure is the best life coach. By understanding and accepting that you made a mistake, you will be able to use those mistakes to learn, grow, and better yourself. 

4. Let Anger Go

Many people let anger influence their decision-making skills.

Controlling anger is a challenging skill to master, but it is very beneficial. Instead of getting angry, find a way to change your negative emotion. Staying angry doesn't help solve any problems. It only creates more of them.

Learn how to relax your nerves when you're angry. By keeping a calm state of mind you’ll be able to focus on what matters and what is ok to let go of. 

5. Become a Mentor

Becoming a mentor to someone in need is a great way to make a positive impact on your community and better someone else’s life. Maybe there's someone in your social circles or profession you would like to help along the way.

 This is a fantastic way to get involved and help support and build a great community. By sharing with one another we learn new perspectives and opinions that we may have never thought of before. Sharing what you know with others is a great way to change the world. 

6. Actively Engage with Your Community

If you're looking to get involved in your community, then attending some of the community meetings are a great place to start. You'll be able to meet people from your neighborhood while developing a bond with the people you're sharing your home with.

You’ll be able to connect with others who share the same beliefs as you and that will allow you to group together to make a positive impact or change in your community. And you never know, maybe you'll discover a hidden passion for politics or activism along the way!

7. Stand Up For What You Believe In 

It's no secret that a lot is going on in the world these days: some good and some bad. But when there's a need for change, you must speak up and show up for the people you believe need it the most. Your voice is valuable, and it's our job as civilians to demand what's right. Be the voice for those who can't speak, stand up for what you believe in, and, most importantly, be the change you want to see in the world.

Who is Proud

Wearproud.com is turning performance wear into business acceptable fashion and blurring the lines between the clothes you'd wear to the gym and those you'd wear to an important meeting.

We believe that life presents us all with endless opportunities to ‘be proud’.  

Whether it's your commitment to your family, a win after a season of failures, or just getting out the door on time in the morning, we believe in celebrating victories big and small. From everyday triumphs to extraordinary humanitarian feats, our desire to shine our brightest unites us all.

We're a community of listeners, thinkers, disruptors, and doers, and we like to engage in conversation about what makes us proud. Our communities. Our achievements. Our wins. Our persistence after our losses. Our ambitions. 

And we know that our collective gifts are far greater than the elements that set us apart - that together, our individual sparks form a larger brilliance. 

The desire to live the version of ourselves that makes us proud, the drive to improve not just our own lives, but the lives of those around us, the calling to make a positive impact: in these ambitions, we are united. We are proud. 

Be Proud. Wear Proud.