Every January, millions of people take out memberships in fitness clubs with the intention of losing weight and getting fit, and two months later, they walk away disheartened, without having realized their dreams.
Why is that? Why is it so difficult to make a change a permanent part of our lives? Why do we give up too soon? Don’t we care about our health?
My theory, which I talk about in length in my book, Forever Fit and Fabulous . . . (available soon), is that to create permanent change we need a new vocabulary and a new mindset. We cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.
The negative language of can’t, not now, maybe later, don’t feel like it, it doesn’t matter, and other limiting words must be substituted with a new positive language of affirmations such as I can, right now, I want and I must.
The words we use to express ourselves direct every feeling and action we take every minute of our day. So if you want to change your behavior, use affirmations to change your mindset, the creator of your behavior. To master a behavior, stay on the path. Practice every day even when you don’t feel like it. Do it for your future self, the one you want to grow into.
An affirmation is a positive statement about your self stated as if the desired outcome had already taken place. Affirmations, when repeated often, will eventually change how you feel about what you’re attempting to accomplish. Your feelings then, will direct your actions accordingly. Thoughts and words=feelings and emotions=actions=results.
Here’s my list of daily affirmations, practice them and begin to see change become permanent:
I am strong, healthy and powerful. I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I deserve to have the best life has to offer. I want to be the very best I can be. My health is important to me; I want to be an example to my loved ones. I deserve to be fit, energetic and beautiful.