What do you say to yourself? Do you worry and think about all the things that you need to get done? What bills are due? Etc.
Our minds are just as important to look after as our bodies. In fact, they go hand in hand.
Our self-talk affects us in more ways than we could even imagine, both positive and negative.
Whether or not you believe in this concept, it does have a bearing on your mental and emotional well-being. If you are constantly talking negative to yourself, then chances are you are living in a negative space, affecting your own self-esteem and your success.
If you think you’re a failure, then chances are you are going to fail! It’s no different than a child being constantly told they aren’t good enough, or if they just did this or that they would be better. If all you hear is the negative then you start to believe it and live accordingly.
If you are hearing, on a daily basis, that you just aren’t good enough, or don’t have motivation, or you should do this instead of that. Your mind will start to believe it 100%
Take a look at professional or Olympic athletes for example. They spend part of their training visualizing, how they are going to play, how they are going to win, the clock being 1/100 of a second faster when they finish. They do this for hours! They envision themselves on that podium accepting their medal. They talk positively about themselves, they have a plan.
If you have ever watched hockey, and you see the players talking to the press in the dressing room, you see their goalie in the background, his eyes are zoned into somewhere else, you see him moving his body to block the shots that he is envisioning coming at him, over and over and over again. He is mentally preparing, visualizing how he’s going to react, how he can stop that puck before it gets to his net. All these athletes never even consider that they won’t win, or they won’t block that shot... Why? Because it helps them with their “game”.
We need to help our “game” also! Think positively, plan your next move, whether it be what you’re eating, exercise, job interview, dealing with a difficult situation etc.
Stop talking yourself down, start working on changing how you think about yourself, or your skills. Envision yourself succeeding at whatever it is you want to do, and make a plan of how you are going to get there.
I’ll give you a basic example. I would like a new sewing machine for my quilting (I LOVE to quilt) ... They are very expensive... I don’t think “I can’t afford that, it’s a luxury and I could use the money elsewhere” My self-talk is “How can I afford to get that dream machine?” and I have made a plan, set out the steps, opened yet another savings account (my bank must wonder about me sometimes LOL) and started working on this goal. I will get that sewing machine, and when I see it at the store, or advertised on sale, I don’t think “Oh I wish I could afford that”, my thinking/self-talk is “I will have that machine!”
So how can you change this behavior into a positive? Start talking to yourself in a more positive tone. Whether it’s outload or in your head. Start a vision board!! Put it somewhere where you can see it every day. Use “I can” messages instead of “I can’t”, make a plan, stop making excuses, and CELEBRATE every little success you have earned! Yes, you earned it! YOU, your hard work, your determination, your success.
This works, it’s a proven concept.
It works for weight loss, money management, savings, careers, relationships, and pretty much anything else in your life.
Money is one of the biggest stressors we have. A lot of people struggle with their debt load in particular. Or how they are going to save, or be able to afford to retire and that list goes on and on.
Living a healthier lifestyle also takes the same steps. STOP being negative about yourself,
It can eat away at you, cause you to lose sleep, cause anxiety and frustration. Slow down, make a plan, change your thinking. Breathe. You will find that with finances, as well as anything else, once you sit down, set a goal, make a plan and start executing it you will feel so much better. When you set a goal, make a plan and set it in motion, you will help to declutter your mind and you will start to feel better and sleep better!
I wrote an article similar to this called Minimalism: Declutter The Mind Too a little over a year ago. If you didn't get a chance to see it you can read it by clicking on this link https://www.levelsofminimalism.com/120-day-healthy-living-exchange/minimalism-declutter-the-mind-too
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