The moment you wake up, what are some of your first thoughts? Right off the bat do you think, "I'm so tired, so stressed I have so much to do today"? Do you look at your naked body in the mirror and give yourself only negative comments like, "I need to lose my stomach, I hate my thighs and I HAVE to lose weight"? Are you constantly listing all the things that need to change in your life, your relationships and your career? Do you second guess every decision you make?
I have some news for you: you are what you say you are.
If you're constantly telling yourself you're overworked, under appreciated, stressed, overweight and tired, guess what? You're probably right. The truth is, when you put yourself down, you jeopardize your most important relationship: the one with yourself. The love and respect you give to yourself is the same level you'll receive from others.
So what we started to change the way we spoke to ourselves on a daily basis? I believe (and have seen for myself) that if we can rewire the way we think about who we are we, the life we live and the body we have, our relationships, career and body image would change according to the way we thought about them. Your thoughts create your energy and it's time to change your energy and reality through changing your thoughts.
For the next week, I challenge you to utilize to these five brain-rewiring techniques in your everyday life to see a true, lasting change:
1. The first thing you say when you wake up should be, "Today is going to be a great day."
I want you to say this before any other thoughts come into your head. When you say something out loud, you're demanding that it happens. Everyday is your day, so demand that it be great.
2. Stand up and do a power stance.
A power stance is a stance that makes you feel strong, confident and in charge. Hold this stance for 10 seconds. Do this first thing in the morning right when your foot goes from the mattress to the bed, before any important conversation or when your day isn't going as planned. Use your power stance as a fresh start or to reignite energy into your day.
3. Change you body self-talk.
For the next seven days, every time you look at yourself in the mirror, tell yourself all the things that are right (trust me, there’s a lot) with your body instead of picking on what's "wrong." Instead of looking for what you need to change, look for what you already have that makes you the amazing human being you are.
4. Change your perspective, change your situation.
Take responsibility for your actions. For the next seven days, look at life as if it is happening for you rather than to you. I want you to repeat, “I love myself, I respect myself and I'm going to push myself to greatness.” If you say this enough, you'll begin to realize you deserve the best and will no longer settle for a meaningless relationship, career or merely mediocre happiness for yourself.
Stop saying, "I should go workout, go to yoga or go for a run." Instead, just do it. Movement creates energy, and any movement (even if it's just 10 minutes) can change the outcome of your day and productivity during it. Instead of thinking, “I have to go workout to lose weight,” tell yourself, “Today I am going to do something physical so I can change my energy, my mood, my day and my life.”
When you rewire the way you think, you begin to build a healthy relationships not only with your job, loved ones and food, but most importantly with yourself. And that's the most important relationship of all, no?