Attitude is a Choice

On a recent blog post there was a comment where the writer questioned the part of my bio where I said I was a ‘self-proclaimed struggler’. She felt that comment was negative. I, on the other hand, see it as an honest assessment of me. I struggle. I struggle to stay positive. I struggle to have positive self-talk. I struggle! Struggling to me it not a negative; struggling means that I am striving to achieve my goals in the face of resistance.

I want to walk around the world singing ‘It’s not easy being green’ with Kermit the frog! Except I want to sing” it’s not easy being me!” And I suspect many of you feel the same. I, like you, strive to live happy, to reach my goals and create an environment of positive self talk.

It’s not always easy. Just because your, or my, default isn’t always happy happy joy joy, does not mean we can’t get there! Last August I wrote a post on choosing happiness. The words are just as true this August. We CAN choose!

 

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What Shape is Your Water (video)

Dr. Masaeu Emoto of Japan conducted experiments with water crystals.  Dr Emoto photographed water crystals  after he said words over them. Kind words  produced beautiful crystals. Unkind and harsh words formed ugly crystals. The following video show the photography from these experiments.

If water reacts this way to the words around it, how does your body react to your words? Not just your spoken words but also your unspoken words. The most powerful conversation we have is the one we have with ourselves that no one else is ever privy to hearing but us.

Make your body’s molecules happy. Think happy thoughts.

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Are you limited by your Beliefs?

Everyone had beliefs they hold onto. These beliefs are thoughts you have repeated to yourself so many time you now belief them to be gospel. You have decided to embrace these ideas as your truth. Is it wrong to have beliefs? No.

However, conceivably the beliefs you have decided to embrace are limiting you. Maybe, you believe work must be a daily grind that you detest. Perhaps you believe dreams are not practical. Possibly, you have bought into the idea that having responsibility means you never have fun. Is it wrong to have limiting beliefs? Yes.

For years, athletes attempted to run a mile in four minutes but it seemed to be a barrier that no one could overcome. Then on May 6, 1954, a British runner named Roger Gilbert Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4 minutes to establish a world record. Soon afterward, other runners broke Bannister’s record. Why were other runners able to break Bannister record so easily, when the four-minute mile was so difficult? Because they no longer held onto their limiting beliefs, they could achieve their goals.

Are your beliefs limiting you?

Now is the time to reclaim your power, and choose to stop believing. It can really be that simple.

You can have the life you want;

Your do deserve success;

You can write a book, or lose weight, or be an astronaut;

You can [insert your goal here]

I challenge you picture yourself after you have reached your goal. Repeat after me  “I can (insert your goal here)”. Repeat this thought until you have replaced your limiting thought with this new one.

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You are exactly what you think

Want to know who you are? Tune in to the conversation inside your head. Your thoughts accurately reflect who you are. Yes, this is probably something you can blame your mommy for…but something you shouldn’t!

The minute we learned to form thoughts, we began to form thoughts about ourselves. These thoughts were a reflection of the world (and people) around us. We mirrored what and who they told us we were…to an extent.

No doubt, you learned, as I did, that the one thing your parents could not control were your thoughts. However, your pattern of self-talk was formed. Chances are it reflected the language you were being fed by your caregivers. The good news is, you can change. Sure, you learned a habit when you were a kid. But you are all grown up! Time to embrace the new and improved (i.e. positive) self; get off your kiester and be positive.

There are many methods to changing your self-talk. More about those in future posts. What I want to you start for this week is begin a regiment of saying good things to yourself.

Make sure they are positive statement, not negatives masquerading as positives. For example, ‘I won’t be negative’ is a negative statement masquerading as a positive. Ten times each day make a positive statement to yourself (and mean it). You will feel better about yourself by weeks end. Because you are what you think you are…think yourself into a more positive you!

Here are a few statements to get you started:

CHALLENGES BRING OPPORTUNITIES

I CAN CHOOSE A POSITIVE FRAME OF MIND

I CAN HANDLE WHATEVER COMES

TODAY HAS LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES

I CAN FIND BALANCE IN MY LIFE

I CAN FIND LOVE AND SUPPORT

I CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING

I am a big fan and user of recordings by Kelly Howell. Her Brain Wave Therapy products are based on the principals of Biofeedback. I began using these products over 12 years ago when a friend gave me her work-out tape. I’d never make it through a gym session without it. I also use her Positive Thinking CD. (both of these products use subliminal messages).

Here is a link to her products:

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