The results you experience are created by your external environment, even when – and especially when – it comes to taking control of your health.
Your subconscious – the part of your brain that’s working behind the scenes – is constantly scanning your external environment to build a picture of what’s happening in your world. It does this using your five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
The information your brain receives from these senses dictates the way you feel.
your favourite songs comes on the radio, how do you respond? Does simply hearing the chorus transport you back to a happy time in your childhood or another milestone in your life?
But what happens when you catch a song that reminds you of an unhappy situation? Do you instantly feel the same sadness, grief, anger or frustration that you experienced back then?
These feelings influence your thoughts. These thoughts – good or bad – dictate your inner dialogue. And guess what? The way you talk to yourself shapes your mindset!
It’s true what they say. Happier thoughts really do lead to a happier life.
Happy thoughts lead to feelings of motivation, excitement, maybe even euphoria. These feelings feed into a much more positive internal narrative: you end up telling yourself that you can do this; that you do have the strength to overcome anything that stands in your way; that you will achieve the results you want in any and all aspects of your life.
On the flip side, sad thoughts have a detrimental effect on your in-built self-belief. Negative feelings lead to negative thoughts – and negative thoughts frame your self-worth in an entirely different way.
If you feel sad, frustrated, or demotivated, you start asking yourself: “what’s the bloody point in all of this?”
You repeat the same old unhelpful mantra in your mind: “I’ve failed before, I’ll fail this time, too.”
You begin to tell yourself that “this time won’t be any different.” You start to self-sabotage your best efforts to make change happen.
Your inner dialogue dictates your actions, and, by default, it influences your results.
If you are struggling to maintain a positive mindset – that is, you are constantly letting your mind wander into negative thoughts and limiting self-talk – you will struggle to get the results you want.
If you try your very best to focus on the good things, you will automatically frame your experiences in a positive light. You will talk to yourself with kindness. You will feel much more capable of facing life’s challenges; you will be in the right mindset to introduce new, healthy behaviours that will transform you for the better. There’s a lot of truth in the famous quote from the Chinese philosopher Confucius:
“He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”
This wise old saying tells us that that the way we look at the world determines our reality, and that we cannot build a positive life with a negative mind.
If you fall victim to pessimistic thoughts, you’ll have a hard time creating a better life for yourself. But learn how to cultivate a positive mental state, and you’ll be able to take back control of your health and wellbeing.
It’s not easy to change the habits of a lifetime, though. If you’re concerned that a poor mindset could be preventing you from reaching your health goals, let’s talk. I guarantee I can help you silence those destructive inner doubts and manifest real, sustainable change through the power of positive thinking!