Growing up with a particular label such as “the skinny one” can be all fun & games but how about when it becomes a pressure to keep that standard? Not a pressure placed on by others, oh no, a pressure placed on by ourselves! After a while it sabotages us to the point of stagnation. It’s like we’ve branded ourselves to a particular description.
Our mind takes a snap shot of what we repeat to ourselves, believing what we tell it. “I’m always clumsy”, after years of telling each other that guess what? We truly become clumsy, more so than that first, second, third time we spilled that coffee on our desk. Same thing applies to the thought of “I’m fat”, when you believe it being so, you continuously struggle to lose the weight but hold on a second, I’m not saying to start telling yourself you’re skinny either. Rather than limit yourself, give yourself the edge. Believe and see yourself as healthy! At a healthy weight. Remember, what is thin for one person may be overly skinny for another. What’s the purpose of seeing yourself as “skinny” if your body is screaming for help?
Notice the self-descriptive words being used here, they have somewhat of a negative connotation. By swapping them for positive descriptors we get a sense of possibility. Give it a try.
Identify Your Self-Imposed Labels: What do you describe yourself to be?
Take Note of How You Feel: Is it good feeling or the contrary? Identify where you feel it?
Find a bigger, better term that resonates with you and covers much more than the opposite: For example, fat – skinny, why not healthy (it covers much more than weight)?
Begin replacing the negative term for this new found description: Try it for the next 7 days and see if you notice a difference. You are beginning to retrain your mind and believing in yourself!
Have you recently caught yourself with a term that’s less than favorable for you? What have you replaced it with?limiting belief positive thinking true self