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Well, years ago, I read "Telling Yourself The Truth" and it changed my brain, changed my thoughts and then changed my behavior. And the scripture that says, "For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Philippians 4:8
FIX YOUR MIND ON THE THINGS THAT ARE KIND AND WINSOME AND GRACIOUS! That is what God says!
Lois - VA
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!" (Apostle Paul)
"How I respond to my failures will determine my future. Learn, and grow."(Dr. Tony Evans)
Good question. Almost daily I remind myself that I didn't feel good about myself until I decided to feel good about myself. I used to say I had "good" or "bad" food or "good" or "bad" days. Now I just have healthy choices or unhealthy choices. When I put it that way, I almost always choose health.
If you love life, life will love you back!
Yes, Jill, I do talk to myself, and like you, I sometimes answer myself. I can say all kinds of things to myself and really, really mean them at the end of a bad day. But the next day, there I go slipping again. I try and sometimes I can get a few days in a row that are good, but thank God I exercise.
BLESSED ARE THEY WHO CAN GIVE WITHOUT REMEMBERING
AND RECEIVE WITHOUT FORGETTING
'Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up"
"We can complain about the rose bushes having thorns or rejoice that the thorn bushes have roses---Abe Lincoln
For me being positive, and then staying positive, are extremely hard. I can find all kinds of thing wrong with myself.
Then, after beating myself up, I start in with the PEP talk. I start to look for the 'good' in me. There are always good things to see/find. Now that's what I'll tell anyone else. Then when I look within I start to see where I could have done this, or could have done that, or why didn't I do it like this, or why can't I just . . . I wear myself out.
You know as well as I do that that train of thought has brought me, or helped to bring me, where I am today.
We have the mini challenge - the Positive mini challenge - I really did work on it during that time. But guess what: I've slipped! Maybe I need to start a 'Positive' Streak!
I definitely am my own worst critic. I set myself up for failure, simply by my mental messages.
??? Why! ???
So every now and then I talk to my self and give myself a peptalk. But I know I need to shift my thinking. Trying to stay happy, upbeat, is a bit of a battle I wage all the time.
Do You Ever Talk to Yourself with Positive and Encouraging words? Studies have actually shown it can help us move forward and more easily achieve our Goals.
On the other hand, do you still "beat yourself up" with negative words when you fail or slip up on something important to you?
It seems I've always talked to myself unusually silently but once in awhile I do say a few things out loud. I've hear it's fine as long as you don't answer yourself back but heck I even do that sometimes--LOL. I need to use more positive self talk than I do and for some reason I too often still fall into that negative talk to myself as I know what to do but get mad at myself when I don't live up to my own expectations. I'm much gentler with others and tell them to just forget it and move forward but sometimes it's hard to take my own advice. I'm definitely still a work in progress but vow to try more positive self talk. The more I do that I'm sure the easier it will get.
Just a very short write up about Self-Talk. There is a video on another subject with it.
"Be Miserable, or Motivate Yourself. Whatever has to Be Done, It's Always Your Choice." Wayne Dyer
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