I've spent so much time reading fitness magazines and coming away from them with a certain self-loathing. This article was an eye opener and I truly appreciated reading about being your own best friend. I think this is something that our society in general needs to accept and cherish. Being okay with myself and remembering to give myself credit for all the effort (even the small accomplishments) will now be my new "norm". Thanks!
This finally 'clicked' for me earlier this year. I have spent the better part of my life (since childhood) always putting myself down and focusing on the things I didn't like about myself. For some reason that all changed. I now have motivational quotes and reminders all over my house and talk to myself constantly...in a good way.
I'm so glad the author mentioned that oh-so-annoying phenomenon of craving what you have told yourself you cannot have. How many rationalizations have I invented over the years in order to do what I don't even want to do? I love the idea of substituting the thought with a positive thought. Take charge!
Great Article! I've been practicing the positive self-talk for a little while now, and I honestly have seen better results. I have been trying to reduce my intake of desserts and empty calories so when I turn things down, or decide not to eat something, instead of saying "I can't have X", I say "I don't WANT X" it's a HUGE difference, and I don't obsess over it because I'm too busy congratulating myself for turning it down.
I loved this article. The part that really spoke to me is the part about acting like you're talking to you're best friend. This is something I always struggle with. I'm such and optimist about others lives but a pessimist when it comes to my own. I also really liked when it said that our brains can only hold one thought at a time. Interesting....
I can't think of the exact wording off the top of my head, but we had a similar discussion at my dojo and one of the things we talked about was that negative thoughts happen. They're kind of like little birds that flit through your head. The key is to shoo them away and not let them make a nest in your hair! *grin*
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Just be careful...when you're having that "Self talk" that you don't also have "Self argument!!!" I've been there...I've been on the trail running and telling myself to run another mile, and argued with myself about it too!!!
I always wondered why I hated work-out videos with skinny-buff instructors who've never eaten a brownie or skipped a workout in their adult lives. This article helped to explain to me why and how to look beyond and think differently.
I love this article. I talk to myself all the time and over the last 8-9 months it has been in the form of the Positive Self Talk this article is about. I've had friends and family tell me that my attitude towards myself and life has changed for the better and I think it is because of the Positive attitude I've acquired by self talking. For years and years before I always put other people before my needs. Yes in most cases it was good and the out come for others was for the best but I did suffer from it by weight gain, lack of sleep, over eating. Even though I did feel good about what I was able to do for other it came down to the fact that I was suffering because in alot of case regarding family I was taken for granted. When I started to change and Positively help myself out it has made some people in my life angry. I then realized no mater what I would ever do for them it would never be returned when I needed help. So there are people no longer involved in my life and I realize it is their loss not mine. Those who continue to support me and my changes are the true people in my life knowing I will help them in a minute and they will return the help if I needed. So I'll keep talking to Me and helping Me out!!
An article like this really can reinforce some positive self-talk, which is so powerful to an individual. Reading something like this helps examine the defeating selftalks that come almost so naturally, that it is a good workout to really see how a person can shelve that talk, and pick up some new supporting lines!!Thanks!
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