Evening P

ep Talk

by Larry North       

   HERE'S A WAY FOR YOU TO WORK ON getting negative thoughts out of your brain. Whenever a negative thought hits, immediately stop and try to rephrase it as a positive thought. For instance, you might feel guilty about something occasionally, (which is a negative thought). What if instead of sighing and thinking, "Wow I was bad" you immediately imagine yourself succeeding (which is a positive thought). If you happen to blow your diet, for example, and devour a high-fat meal, you should imagine yourself sitting down to eat a perfect meal instead. You imagine the happiness you feel at eating that meal. You imagine how it's making you healthier and how it's changing your physical appearance. If you have those images in your head when you sit down at your next meal, you will eat the perfect meal.
   It's very important that you learn to monitor the sentences that you say to yourself, replacing phrases that weaken you with phrases that empower you. That means getting the words "can't' and "don't' out of your vocabulary. If you ever catch yourself saying or even thinking the words "bad" or "cheat" or "stupid," take a minute to change them to positive ones.
   Take losing weight for example, which is something lots of us are trying to do. Don't say, "It's going to be difficult to cut back desserts." Say, "This is going too be an opportunity to get lean."
   Don't say, "Losing weight is a struggle." Instead say, "Losing weight is a great journey."
   Instead of telling yourself. "I was bad to have that piece of cake say, "I did eat that cake and I will be more careful at my next meal."
   Instead of saying, "I must deprive myself of lots of food to lose weight," rechannel those negative thoughts into a more positive attitude. When you face a difficult situation say to yourself "I'll win" not "I might lose." When opportunity appears, think "I can do it" never "I can't."
   In other words let all variations of the thought "I will succeed" dominate your thinking process. When you constantly worry about getting fat (a negative thought) you are actually programming your subconscious to stay overweight because you're letting the fear of it overwhelm you. When you stare at yourself in the mirror and say, "Gosh, it's going to take a long time to lose weight" (a negative thought), you are already trying to rationalize failure - which means you are more likely to fail. You are more likely to succeed if your brain is being given thoughts that success is the only option.
   This technique works in anything you do - work, relationships - anything at all. The important thing to remember is that you can find ways to break up the negative voice inside you. You can interrupt that voice and then destroy it. No one is forcing you to listen to your negative voice. You can turn it off whenever you wish. And it is at that very moment when you really start doing your best.

Larry North is President of Larry North Fitness. He may be contacted by phone at 214.526.6784 or via his website at www.larrynorth.com.