When I saw the picture above on a friend's Facebook page that says, "Don't believe everything that you think" it made me stop and think about my thoughts and how they shape me...how they effect my day and my decisions. I thought about how hard it is for me to accept a compliment or believe the good things that people tell me some days. After I discount a compliment or ignore something good someone is telling me, I always regret it. I always wonder why I didn't just smile and say "Thank you!". I get so frustrated with myself and think that with all the nice things I hear these days...why do I struggle to believe those words at times?
I realize looking at that picture that even though it's been a long time since I was told I was "ugly" by a boy in 7th grade...even though it's been many years since I suffered from betrayal or dishonesty...even though I've turned my life around and made something very positive out of some negative things that I went through...my thoughts have not changed as much as they should. I tell myself mean things at times. I can limit and defeat myself when I focus solely on my weaknesses instead of celebrating my many talents and strengths. I've learned to grow a thicker skin and ignore the things that may be said about or to me in the past couple of years. So I guess what I've figured out is that other people are not as much of a problem as I am. These days, it's my own voice and my own thoughts that I need to change.
Stop believing everything that you think and stop believing the bad. Make a decision today that you will change and set your course in a different direction. This one change can affect every aspect of your life in and outside of the gym and bring you happiness and success that you may be missing out on. It may be easier to believe the "bad" and hard to change your thoughts, but anything worthwhile is not easy.
* The picture at the top that was the inspiration for this blog post is from the SoMuchMore Facebook page. Please go visit this page and "Like" it! It's an uplifting, great page that provides daily inspiration for a unique new website! CLICK HERE to visit the page!