You hear this all the time when you are getting into health and fitness. You are told to eat healthy and treat your body right in order to obtain the body that you have always wanted. You switch your eating habits, work out more and start to see some things change to your body. You are tighter in some areas and able to accomplish more sit ups than you were able to before, you fit into some of your clothes better and you feel your confidence gaining.
People start noticing that you are different, which makes you feel even better. You knew you started on this path for a reason and them noticing validates it even more. You continue to eat right and exercise until you hit your ultimate goal you set for yourself. You got to this point because you stopped feeding yourself garbage.
Now, let’s think about if we did this for your mind. You feed yourself garbage in your mind, most likely daily. If you think about the things that you have truly wanted to accomplish, think of the things that you have told yourself as reasons that you couldn’t accomplish them.
Maybe you don’t have the time, maybe you don’t think you are good enough, maybe you think you have to be an expert, maybe you think your family and friends would think you were insane, or maybe you have a bad day and garbage talk is all that fills your head. You can’t seem to escape it.
It’s so easy to get stuck in garbage self talk. What isn’t easy, is taking some time out of your day to recognize this is what you are doing and reversing the thinking so that you can get back onto a more positive path.
Write down your goal and then write down the reasons why you don’t think you can have it. Reverse those reasons and instead of saying, “I can’t,” or “I don’t” switch it to “I can,” and “I will have.”
Pay attention to how you talk to yourself throughout the day. Notice if those things are something you would say to a family member or good friend. If it isn’t stop saying it to yourself. You are in charge of your thoughts and your thoughts have a strong impact on your mood. Make them as positive as possible.