There is a line we’ve been quoting lately from Suits: “Tell yourself whatever you want…as long as you tell it to yourself.” Such a good show! All hilarity aside, that line makes me think about our “silent” self talk. The thing is, there is always someone listening – and that someone is you. You can focus on what bothers you or you can focus on all of the good things in your life. You can focus on the trials and tribulations of the past, or you can focus on creating the life of your dreams. You can focus on the reasons you can’t live the life of your dreams, or you can plow right through the blockages!
Do people and situations get you down? People and situations are powerless without your reaction, so don’t give away your power by letting someone or something get under your skin. Can you see how powerful you are? Your thoughts are powerful messages to yourself, and you are responsible for how you feel. How do you want to feel?
What are you telling yourself? Is your mental chatter on the positive side or does it tend to be more negative? On that note, what do you notice? Are you constantly judging people and things or are noticing how beautiful our world truly is? Your thoughts are shaping your reality. Start paying attention to what floats around in your head!
Cheering myself on: My personal fitness quest
I have an intention to be fitter than I’ve ever been, which means I must take charge of my mental chatter in many, many areas. What do I tell myself? For starters, I know that I’m worth it. I deserve the body of my dreams and I tell myself that I deserve to spend time on something that makes me happy. No Mommy guilt. I know that working out will make me happier and more energetic. Increasing the heart rate increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the cells and working out at a moderate to high intensity will release natural endorphins that makes exercise feel great.
Since working out makes me happy, I’m always figuring out how I can get my workout in for the day, no matter what the day brings. If I don’t want to work out, then I know it’s imperative that I work out at the next available opportunity! I always feel better after.
Today I found myself unable to get to the gym when I wanted so I decided to do some kettlebell swings while the kids played. 96 kettlebell swings, a firetruck repair, a baby down for a nap, 1533 stairs, and 3 Lego Batman car repairs later I finished my hour-long workout. I did roughly 30 minutes of work, had 30 minutes of rest, burned roughly 525 calories, and managed to give all 3 of my kids attention! Amazing.
I could have sat on the couch annoyed that I couldn’t go to the gym. But those actions and emotions wouldn’t make me happy and they certainly won’t get me to my fitness goal. I’m sure they would have been my modus operandi in the past, but my focus has shifted and I choose to be the best version of myself. I choose to do things that make me happy. When that doesn’t seem possible I look for the gratitude in whatever may be hijacking my bliss at that moment. Trust me, even in the darkest of moments there is gratitude and light to be found, and finding it is definitely worth the effort. If you’re in a mental rut, the only one who can dig you out of the deep abyss is you. In these times you must shift your focus. What you focus on expands, so focus on that which makes you happy. What you tell yourself is shaping your future; You can either make excuses or you can make plans and follow your bliss.