What are you saying to yourSelf right now? How many nice things did you tell yourSelf today? How many mean or negative things did you tell yourSelf today? Your experiment for the rest of this week is to count. You may surprise yourSelf.
Is there something in your life that you want to do? Why aren’t you doing it? Money? Time? You don’t think you’re good enough? What is it you are telling yourSelf? Figure it out so you can move past it. The first step is to identify your thought patterns. Then you can focus on changing them.
Here are some examples of negative self-talk:
“I’m not good at…”
“I don’t have time now”
“I need to earn money first”
“I’ve waited too long now”
“I don’t know how to…”
These are just a few examples. Ever hear these words in your head?
Here is a quote from Martha Graham: “There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open… whether you choose to take an art class, keep a journal, record your dreams, dance your story or live each day from your own creative source. Above all else, keep the channel open!”
This inspires me! I want to jump up and start dancing right now! Maybe I will. But first, I will ask that you identify your negative self-talk. Take out a sheet of paper and put today’s date at the top. Then make 2 columns- 1 for negative self-talk and the other for self given compliments. Do this for a week and you will automatically begin to clue in to what you are doing to yourSelf. The second week, keep track again, but purposely try to give yourSelf more positive reinforcement. See what happens and report back.
Cheers to you!!!
Your Wellness Coach,