Support is critical when trying to make changes in your daily behavior. One study recently cited shows that when a person becomes obese, their family and close friends have a 171% greater likelihood of gaining weight and becoming obese! Of course the opposite is also true! One of the most important elements of support is…supporting YOURSELF!!! I find one of the most empowering habits that you can incorporate into your everyday life is to give yourself positive self-talk.
Self-talk is what you say in your own mind about yourself and the world around you. There is a constant chatter in your head telling you how you’re doing, who you should be, what you should do. These messages may be helpful or may sabotage the very goal you are trying to reach.
You create your own reality by the things you say to yourself. For example, if you constantly have been telling yourself that you will never lose weight, then chances are…you won’t! Why? Because self-talk is mostly on the unconscious level, you may not know what you are programming into your brain until the actions prove it.
Self-talk will be a powerful tool used to overcome old beliefs and transform them into new positive beliefs. The best form of self-talk that will help you succeed program is through Self Affirmations. Self-Affirmations are statements that we make about our behavior, feelings and self-worth.
So, let’s get going here! I want you to write out a positive affirmation that will be powerful enough to knock out any craving, bad thought, or bad action. How? Well first, picture in your mind where you want to be 3 months from now…maybe riding a bike with your child, dressed in shorts and a tee, feeling great and full of energy! The sun is shining and life is good! Now write your affirmations…
• Be specific and vivid in description.
• See them happen.
• Write them in positive language.
• Write them daily for the remainder of the challenge
• Say them anytime you are tempted
• Think of them often!
When writing, use the first person present tense, as if what you are saying is happening right now. Example: “I am going to feel and look so wonderful now that I am living a healthy lifestyle. My energy is amazing! I can experience and enjoy life again!” OR “I am strong and healthy and enjoying the life I deserve and have dreamed of!”