I received an overwhelming response from the recent Uplift Movement where we collectively shared a positive thought. It stemmed from a common trend with current challenges and struggles. Luckily, these challenges are only momentary. Positive thoughts followed by positive action can help UPLIFT us out of some of the most challenging situations.
Negative thoughts followed by negative actions create the most uneventful pity party. I know….I’ve had several of them! Usually my negative thought is some sort of limiting belief like “I’ll never be able to…..,” “I’m not as good as…..,” etc. The negative action that typically follows is self sabotaging…….a self fulfilling prophecy. My “go to self” sabotaging behavior is emotional eating.
During my recent challenges, I got behind the drivers seat with how I was going to get through the set back. I knew I wanted to come out stronger. So I got real with what my feelings were and what I needed to truly heal. It wasn’t going to be food. Even though I knew that, I still didn’t trust myself. I know from experience that in order to Master something, we teach what we need. So I enrolled in a program to learn more about the Psychology of Eating. In this program I am getting a Certification as Coach, but also learning how to transform my own self sabotaging habits into UPLIFTING ones.
Choosing positive thoughts followed by positive actions can not only speed up healing, but also can uncover love that is deep within us. When we’re used to reverting to our old negative self sabotaging behaviors, we lose touch with what truly feeds our soul…..our passion. Here is where we need to take a step back and dig a little deep. Create your own tool box of things you can do for positive action during any challenge.
1. Take out a sheet of paper and draw three columns
2. In each column write: Comfort, Joy, Motivation
3. In Column 1: Comfort – write down actions that bring you comfort (non food related). These are things that are relaxing, soothing, restful, nourishing, expressive.
- Take a warm bath
- Take a nap
- Cuddle with a blanket and read a book
- Write in a journal
- Talk to a warm friend
- Give a hug
- Having a warm tea
4. In Column 2: Joy – write down actions that bring you Joy! These are things that are funny, Uplifting, playful, and creative.
- Playing with a dog
- Watching a funny movie
- Playing a musical instrument
- Dancing or exercising
- Hiking or doing any activity outdoors
- Being social with friends
5. In Column 3: Motivation – write down actions that get you motivated. These are things that inspire you toward your goals and energize you
- Read personal development
- Listen to a podcast
- Spend time with a mentor or coach
- Listen to motivational music
6. Keep this list somewhere where you can see it! Have it with you as your Uplift Tool Box!
This toolbox helped me reconnect with a love of mine. I used to write stories and poetry. I was even an English major in college. Somewhere along the way, I was told I wasn’t a good writer and so I stopped. I am inspired to write again.
I am challenged today to look within
As I wear a new pair of glasses, “I can” see
During moments of loss, “I can” discover what makes me feel whole.
Where things are unclear and unknown, “I can” trust my passion to guide me.
When shame and humility encase me, “I can” set myself free with authenticity.
Failure is certain, “I can” find the value of my experience.
Stress may want to live in my body, “I can” create movement to release it.
“I can” because I have love all around me
Love all around me starts when I radiate love from within
I am challenged today to love within
“I can” see the light
Reconnect with a love from within. Today I reconnected with my passion for writing. What love are you rediscovering?