It’s time to start working on your strongest, most important muscle.
The strongest muscle you have... that most important muscle, the one we want to work on is...your brain. Ok so maybe it’s technically not a muscle, but it does get stronger when you work it.
Just imagine how your life would change if you were grossed about by junk food and craved healthy food. What if you actually wanted to workout instead of sit on the couch?
Imagine you have trained your brain to want grilled chicken instead of fried chicken.
Making the healthy choice would just be automatic, and you wouldn't even feel deprived about not having the fried chicken. But the problem is, our brain is trained to want the wrong thing, even when we know it is the wrong thing. To understand how our brain is trained, we've got to get inside our head . . . to our inner voice.
People talk to themselves at the rate of 150 to 300 words per minute. This adds up to as many as 50,000 thoughts per day that we direct toward ourselves. And 98% of those thoughts are the same as you thought yesterday. Pretty unoriginal! They keep playing over and over like an endless tape in our heads.
These thoughts –your self-talk -- determine behavior – good and bad. Your words are powerful. Are yours positive? Or are they self defeating? We all have that little voice that says “I can’t do this” or “My butt looks big”. Sometimes it’s not the inner voice. Sometimes your actual words say things like “I don’t have time to exercise. I don’t have time to eat healthy meals.,” and I’m sure you have a list of other reasons why you can’t and why it’s not going to work for you. But if you want to change your behavior, if you want to live a healthier, more fit and active life, you need to change that little voice that keeps talking to you 50,000 times a day.
As a mom, help your kids think powerful thoughts. Help them turn around negative self talk and to create empowering beliefs. You are what you think. And when you change your thoughts and attitudes then your actions will change.