I have a magic trick for you. Stop what you’re doing! Oh wait, you’re reading this blog post. Okay, keep going. I’ll tell you when to pause.
When was the last time you stopped to take a moment to congratulate yourself? Or to really take stock of all that you’ve accomplished? The small things, the day to day things as well as the big things? Where were you six weeks ago? Three month ago? One year? Five years? When I put it like that, I bet you can see some big changes, right? Some major progress in some areas?
Now stop it…because I know that you probably started out being positive and then went right to beating yourself up for what you haven’t achieved. Or where you’ve missed your goals. Or started feeling guilty for what you should have done. So stop what you’re doing. No beating, wailing or whomping.
Now while you’ve taken a break from criticizing yourself, go back to the original question. Think about the things that you HAVE accomplished, no matter how small.
Here’s why – it’s the magic trick.
When you were thinking all the thoughts that you use to beat yourself up with, how did you feel? Oh, like shit? What a surprise. And when you feel like shit, how do you show up? How much positive action do you take? How much progress do you make? Jackshit? Gee, another surprise. So contrary to what your brain would like to tell you is a good belief, beating yourself up will NOT cause you to get your ass in gear and get going. It just won’t.
Okay, now go back to thinking about your accomplishments. How do you feel when you think those thoughts? Pretty different, right? Some shade of good, proud, energized, confident, happy, etc.? How do you think you’re going to show up when you feel like that? Pretty awesome, right?
Here’s the secret behind the magic: what you think determines how you feel. How you feel determines how you’re going to show up, how you’re going to behave and how you take action.
It’s pretty simple, really. Thinking things that make you feel good about yourself will help you be the person you want to be.
So make the time to stop and truly recognize what you have already accomplished. It’s fuel for the future.
And remember, in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
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