Flip negatives upside down

Flip negatives upside down

Listen for negatives and make them positives.

You are the biggest enemy you have in the fitbattle. Listen for times when you are talking yourself out of fighting a good fight.

You can do this. You deserve it. You are worthy of the effort. Yes it does matter. Think about it…imagine how great it will feel to have more energy, feel better, and lose a few pounds (or a few more pounds).

I know that the person I see in the mirror is not the same person my friends and family see. I’m not sure why this is but we are our worst critics. Recently someone told me that I was attractive. Let me tell you “attractive” is the last word I would use to describe myself. This got me thinking about one of our most basics flaws. It’s not a physical flaw it’s an emotional and possibly a psychological flaw. We only see what we do not like about ourselves.

I stood in the mirror for quite some time searching for “attractive” features trying to understand and see what this person sees in me. If pressed I can come up with a few features that others might find attractive but those few features do not add up to a whole “attractive” person…at least not to me or should I say not me.

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~ Alan Cohen

What’s the lesson in this? You are a beautiful person even if you cannot see it! Every time you hear yourself criticizing the amazing and beautiful you, stop yourself and say the opposite of what’s running through your mind.

If you hear: “I am ugly” say “I am beautiful”. “I am fat” say “I am fit”. “I hate my nose” say “I have beautiful facial features”.

Fight to free the skinny, healthy, happy, youthful person inside of you by conquering your negative self-talk.

Your fitbattle is well underway… go forth and be victorious! Kathi

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4 thoughts on “Flip negatives upside down

  1. Emilee

    Great points! It is SO true that we are our own worst critics! We often hold ourselves back because of this. I try to use positive talk for this reason! Great reminder!

    1. kathi Post author

      Welcome Emilee and thanks!! Practice makes perfect (well almost perfect). Thanks for stopping by! Kathi

  2. Annett Bone

    This is a constant struggle for me Kathi so I really appreciated this post! One of the most difficult things for me is that if I get off track for whatever reason, I get really critical of myself but I have to remind myself of the accomplishments that I have made so far.

    1. kathi Post author

      Hi Annett, we are all the same when it comes to criticizing ourselves. In time I believe we can train ourselves to change that voice in our head. One tool that has helped me reciting a daily list of I AM statements that I created for myself. Not my idea, but it works. Over time I’ve caught myself and switched the conversation from negative to positive. My I AM’s are posted on my bathroom mirror and at my desk. Here’s a link to my I AM statements, which I included in a recent blog: http://fitbattle.com/2013/01/28/how-do-you-use-the-words-i-am/

      I hope this helps you as much as it has me. Kathi