I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH A CLIENT THE OTHER DAY, AND SHE TOLD ME SHE WASN’T HAPPY WITH HER PROGRESS AT THE MOMENT.
The problem was, she had so many leftovers in her fridge and she felt like she needed to eat them before she got back on her program.
I asked her why, since they weren’t foods that she would normally eat and she said:
“I’m the type of person who can’t waste food.”
She tried to attribute the practice of not wasting anything to being “of her generation.”
I asked her if all people her age had that same belief about wasting food.
She agreed that maybe it wasn’t a generational thing…but doggone it, it was her thing.
I gently reminded her that beliefs are optional, and that at any moment she wants to, she is totally free to change hers.
She didn’t sign a lifetime contract when she took on that belief.
(* A belief is simply a thought you’ve thought so many times you’ve convinced yourself that it is true.)
We chatted some more.
HAVING THE BELIEF THAT SHE WAS “THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO DIDN’T WASTE THINGS” FELT COMFORTABLE….EVEN THOUGH SHE WASN’T HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS SHE WAS GETTING.
I asked her what her life would be if she was no longer able to think the thought, “I’m the type of person who doesn’t waste things.”
She didn’t want to consider that as an option.
After quite a bit of reflection, she decided that being “the type of person who didn’t waste things” was more important than being the person who dropped weight at the rate she wanted to.
WHICH GOT ME THINKING…HOW MANY TIMES DO WE ALL IDENTIFY OURSELVES SO STRONGLY WITH AN OLD BELIEF…
”I’M THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO______”…
THAT WE END UP SABOTAGING OUR DREAMS?
Currently, we’re deep into holiday season. Do you have any beliefs that might be screwing up your dream outcome?
I’m the type of person who eventually gives in to temptation
I’m the type of person who can’t say no to dessert
I’m the type of person who once they get started just can’t stop.
I’m the type of person who starts out with good intentions, but always ends up blowing it.
What if these thoughts weren’t available for you to think for the rest of the holiday season (or forever for that matter)?
They just magically got erased from the thoughts that were available for you to think?
Doesn’t cost anything to try. All you have to do is catch yourself when you start to think your old crappy thought, and change it to something better.
I’m learning to be a person who decides ahead of time what I will eat.
I’m learning to be a person who only eats the most special treats.
I’m learning to be a person who can start or stop whenever I want.
I’m learning to be a person who follows through on her intentions.
CHALLENGE; THINK OF 10 DIFFERENT SENTENCES THAT YOU WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.
Then ask yourself if they’re really true? Are they beliefs that are serving you? Do you want to keep them? Or could they use a little freshening up.
Hit reply and share your sentences. I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with.