So, how did you read the words in this image? Did you read just the left side first and then the whole page? Or did you read the full page right off?
This image is floating around Facebook this week, and it made me question how we really speak to ourselves. Does your inner voice sound like the left side of this text or the whole page? If you’re being brutally honest – and I am here – more than half the time it’s the left side of the text. Doubts, fear, lack of confidence all get in our way, more often than we realize.
Now, take a step back and read it again and let’s change the perspective. When you speak to others – mother, sister, child, boss, best friend… – do you use words like those on the whole page or just the left side?
We wouldn’t think of speaking to those we respect, admire and love using just the left side. So why do we talk to ourselves that way? FYI, that’s a serious question. I really don’t have an answer. I’m not a psychotherapist and have never studied the underlying reasons why we do the things we do. I just know that it happens and it puts obstacles between us and our goals.
Guts, determination and confidence come from within, fueled with the words we use about ourselves. Today’s Throwdown challenge is to use better, more positive and encouraging words to yourself each and every day for a week. If you journal – write it down. If you don’t journal – write it down anyway. This challenge is quite simple in design, but if you do this each and every day, you’ll be amazed at how much your world will change. We’ll check in next Thursday and see what differences it makes.
THROWDOWN CHALLENGE CHECK-IN:
Last week Tricia challenged 5 people to push hard for a goal in the last 11 weeks of the year. We had a four brave souls comment with their own personal challenges and KUDOS to you for putting it out there! All who posted shared similar plans to lose weight and get healthy. How’s it going?
My own personal challenge is to drop these stubborn 35-ish lbs so I can get back to running in 2016. I need these weeks to prepare me for the bigger goal of running a marathon within the next year or two. I admit I did not do well. I’m an emotional eater and tend to lose all willpower to eat clean and healthy in times of stress. The day job was off the hook, my anxiety soared and I binged. So, I’m back on track now and these last 10 weeks are going to break that cycle!
It’s not too late to challenge yourself! Whether its meeting a goal of any kind by the year’s end or just improving your self talk, push yourself to be more, do more, give more. Challenge yourself to a Throwdown. As the Facebook pic says, ‘You can change the world!”