I have long struggled with the chatter in my mind. It has told me I am not good enough, I am stupid, I am fat, blah, blah, blah. The problem is I have listened without question for years, that chatter telling me things I have decided must be true about myself. It’s something we all do because forming an identity is very important. The problem is that often this identity holds many untruths, and because this identity is now embedded into our unconscious mind, we behave in the way we “should”. And all the while there’s that niggly feeling that something is not quite right.
Here’s 3 reasons to change that mindset:
You’ll Reach Your Goals
You may have an idea about what you’d like to achieve. Let’s say I decide want to lose some weight so I start watching what I eat very carefully. But after a few days nothing seems to be happening so I have something I feel is “naughty”. Then because I ate that thing I think “Oh well, I blew it, let me eat everything I can see today and start again tomorrow” And then tomorrow comes and I can’t be fuzzed.
What’s happened here is that part of my identity is “I am fat” so I am creating that situation for myself. (I know that may sound a bit woowoo to some of you, but it’s true)
Become Who You Want To Be
Often we have an idea of who we’d like to be, what things we’d like to be doing. Using the same example of wanting to lose weight I want to be lean and toned so I can feel 25 again and look amazing (not unrealistically) But with my identity and mindset reminding me that I am fat and not good enough, why on earth would it let me achieve something else? Good Grief! Don’t be silly, that’s not who you are! Get real Girlfriend!
Live in the present
All this blah blah blah that is going on and the constant hamster wheel of reinforcement of my mistaken identity is not helping me to live in the present. All that is happening is I am living between the past and the future. Do you get that?
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