Happy, Healthy Mind – Power of Positive Thinking
Last night I was watching a short video from Anthony Robbins about how to break negative thinking. He asked people what challenges were negatively impacting their lives. Some answers were anxiety of where their life is going, fear of failure as a perfectionist, struggles with a new business, and coping with a loved one with cancer. My immediate thoughts went to overcoming obstacles in getting to and maintaining my goal weight. He explained what we all know; in order to have a different result, we need to have different actions. The challenge he explained is that all of us can get into different emotional or negative states of mind, and in order to get results we have to change our negative state of mind.
I know and have experienced that our minds are so powerful that we can literally change our behaviors and our outcome. When I worked with clients as a life coach, I would say: “Change your thoughts and you can change your life.” This can apply to any area or challenge in our lives. I have realized that it is unrealistic to think that even the most positive and energetic person, (which I tend to be), will have continuous energy and zeal for life. Life is full of ebbs and flows. That’s life and that’s okay. I have learned to honor the good and the bad, the positive and the negative.
One of the biggest challenges I believe is continually switching your mindset to the positive; which then leads to positive actions. Personally, when I hit those inevitable bumps in the road, my “self talk” is to make a conscious effort to change the channel. I do this by immediately changing my current thought or current activity, or both. I have noticed time and time again that this works for me. I will give you some examples of what this means in my real life.
I am sure all of us have those moments in the morning where we struggle to jump out of bed and seize the day. Maybe we have to dig deep for the motivation to get to our fitness class. Who doesn’t, right? This is when my commitment to myself, my health, and emotional wellness comes into play. I do it anyway. Or, I fake it till I make it. Yup, I get dressed and get to my fitness class. Moving thru the pain of not wanting to go, always pays off in a big way. Not only do I literally feel better after I sweat, but my emotional state and self confidence soars. And the outcome of the rest of my day goes a lot better too.
Or how about this scenario…Your down in the dumps. All you can do is think and feel negative thoughts about your life. Honestly, all you want to do is mope and stay in your favorite fleece bathrobe (I have one) eating ice cream. It can be very challenging but I change my surroundings. I literally have to force myself to throw on clothes and get out the door. I change the channel. Maybe I get out in nature or go somewhere with my hubby, which always gets me out of my head and makes me feel better. This change of action will change my thoughts and mindset to a positive one, enabling me to get different results.
Or how about this scenario that I am currently experiencing. I indulged in more sweets than I have wanted to in the last couple of weeks. Add to that I cancelled my gym membership a couple of months ago and didn’t rejoin a new one until recently. Am I excited to give up the processed sugar? Nope. Am I ready? Not really. Do I like that my clothes are fitting tighter? Not at all. Am I feeling the effects in my dance class of taking two months off? You betcha. Do I need to let go of the guilt and move forward? Absolutely. Pushing myself to make positive choices daily and create a healthier lifestyle is hard. I know the choices will eventually get easier for me. In addition, I ask myself, what is the alternative? I will not give up, I refuse. Taking positive baby steps to change my thinking and my actions will give me positive results in the long run. And that, is the choice I am making.
Its not how many times you fall that matters, its that you get back up. Over and over again. I hope you too experience the power of positive thinking to change your life.
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