Are you your biggest fan or your own worst critic?
Even when your primary goal is to build better eating and exercise habits, remember that Engaging Your Tongue is a vital part of your total body transformation. According to Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death.”
Are you using your tongue to bring life? If your friend were to tell you the same words you repeat to yourself every day, would you still be friends? Probably not! Women are especially hard on themselves, but with every negative thought, you’re sabotaging your ability to change.
Changing Habitual Negativity
Negative thoughts can become habitual, and the first step in changing a bad habit is to start small. Here are three baby steps to change your inner dialogue.
Baby Step 1: “But…”
Every time a negative thought pops into your head, I want you to add “but” to the end.
Example: “I’m fat…but,” then finish the sentence, “I am doing everything in my power to stay on this program until I reach my goal.” This will slowly shift you away from negative thinking into positive and productive thought patterns.
Baby Step 2: You Are Not Your Weakness
One of the most common mistakes we make when thinking about ourselves is saying we “are” something, rather than the truth, which is we “do” something. We don’t have control over what we “are,” but we can control what we “do.” So change your language to remind yourself that you have control.
Example: Instead of “I’m fat, but…” alter this to “I’m not where I’d like to be yet, but I will get there.” Or, if that’s too much, just try “I look fat, but…” and finish the sentence positively.
Baby Step 3: “I am beautiful and awesome.”
You are. When your internal dialogue changes to believing this, then you’ll behave in a way that matches that belief about yourself. Your outer appearance mirrors your inner words. Change the one, and the other will follow.
It won’t happen overnight, but slowly shifting your inner dialogue is vital to achieving and maintaining your goal.
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