If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I talk (or write) about the importance of changing your thinking and how that can lead to changing your body. Form follows function. This means your body follows your mind, change your mind (thoughts) and your body has no choice but to follow the commands. This is true whether your thoughts are positive or negative.
Whether you think that you can, or think that you can’t, either way you are usually right – Henry Ford
If you tell yourself, “I’ll never lose weight” or “I’ll always have to struggle with my weight” – you will create this reality.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. – Hamlet
Today’s post is about making sure your thoughts are not getting in the way of achieving your goals. Many, many, people struggle with negative thoughts. It can be as simple as, “I don’t like to exercise” or as powerful as “I am the laziest, least motivated person ever. I hate my thighs, I hate my body, I’ll NEVER lose this weight. If I stay this weight, I’ll won’t meet the man of my dreams and I’ll die lonely.” Whoa! Now that is some heavy negative thinking!
It’s a good idea to listen to yourself and jot down what you hear. Take a day or a few and try to notice what thoughts pass by your brain and how often. Make sure to keep track of things you say out loud, such as telling your friend, “I’ll never lose all this weight” and things that you tell yourself, “If I eat that doughnut I will gain 10 pounds”.
Once you take notice of what your thoughts are, you can change those thoughts into Performance Enhancing Thoughts or PETs. Noticing and changing your thoughts is going to be a huge step towards achieving your goals. I’ll talk more about how to change your negative thoughts into positive thoughts in my next post. For now, just spend a few days noticing your negative thoughts.
What negative thoughts come to mind right away. Feel free to share. I’ll start, one that I have, and am still working on, is: “It’s hard to make exercise a priority” or “I have so much else I need to do”. Hey, nobody is perfect 🙂