Every now and again I’m delightfully gifted with the opportunity to share my story and a few things I’ve learned to a live audience.
I derive so much joy from having these opportunities. Talking to others reminds me of various places I’ve been along my journey. It also reminds me that I’m still on my own journey.
This past weekend I was reminded of one aspect of my journey. The mind has a very powerful ability to replay old conversations years after the occurence.
That being said, I believe that we are in control of rewinding and re-recording over those powerful negative messages with positive new ones.
For example, I started running (well, what would be barely considered jogging to a runner) when I weighed just shy of 250#. I remember the negative thoughts going through my mind step after step, “you’re too fat to do this, you are too slow to be running, you can quit this now”. Over and over I would allow my negative thoughts to rule. It took me years to clear the cobwebs enough to realize that I was, simply put, defeating my own purpose.
Once I began to understand that nothing has the power to impact me, unless I give it the power did I realize great positive change from the inside.
I began changing my mantra to “you are strong and you are capable”, “you are strong and you are capable”. Over and over, year after year, I’ve repeated those words many, many times.
We truly are what we think we are so it is extremely important to make sure that we use “no negative self-talk, EVER”.
I have that saying written in chalk in the middle of the chalk board in Garagegym 107. My clients see it. It’s a constant reminder of the way I live. I see it every time I start my day. I believe it.
Empower yourself to make changes to negative experiences from your past.
Our past contributes to who we are, but our past doesn’t dictate who we become.
The chalk board project. The humble beginnings of GG107.