It was freezing here when I woke up. Seven below zero to be exact. BRRRR!!!! As you can imagine, I did not want to get out of bed. I wanted to stay under the covers where it was warm and toasty and comfortable. I dreaded the thought of being cold and gripped my covers tighter. It was warm in the dream I was just having. Why couldn’t I just go back there?
Well, I did. At least for ten more minutes until my alarm went off again. My mind was still not wanting to move, but I really did want to get up and get going. I had set the intention the night before that I would get up and do a cardio workout. Still, there was this obstacle in the way of conditioned thinking. I knew the only way I would get up was to challenge this thinking and that is what I did.
I embraced the things that my mind was telling me to dread. I felt excitement to get out from under the covers and feel the refreshing cool air. I imagined the vigor that the workout would bring. The more I pondered this perspective, the more energy I could feel welling up in my tummy. It took a few minutes, but once I was ready I sprang out of bed! I joyously headed downstairs to get it all set up. Today was cardio so I pulled up one of my favorite workouts on YouTube, grabbed my water bottle and got to it.
That brief mental exercise I did really does set the tone for the entire day. This can really be done with any thoughts that you are having that you want to change. The first step is to become aware of them and to have a plan of how to deal with them. I helped myself to be aware by setting my intention before I went to sleep the night before. When I woke I knew that I didn’t want to just go along with my old habits, I wanted them to change. I had also planned on challenging the thought with the exact opposite thought.
Try it just for a day and you can begin to see how powerful this technique can be. For example, if you feel that your luck is always bad and it is just your destiny to have bad luck, challenge that notion. For one day imagine that you only have good luck and good things are always happening to you. You may find that most of your day is pretty much the same as any other, but since your focus has changed you can now see the great things that are all around you.
If you loathe cleaning your home, challenge that idea. I used to hate cleaning and, to be honest, it still isn’t a favorite, but when I do I have a lot of fun because I spend time imagining how fun it is going to be before I begin. And guess what, it turns out to be a lot of fun!
The reason most things are true for us is because we believe they are true. If you believe exercise is painful and boring it’s going to be painful and boring. If you believe holiday dinner at the in-laws is going to be unpleasant, it’s going to be unpleasant. But if you believe exercise is going to be fun and rewarding it will be. If you think spending time with your relatives is going to be enjoyable it will be.
You can choose to change your “truths” about many things in this manner. It does take vigilance and dedication in order to make this change lasting which will happen if you practice this method regularly. Begin right now. What is one “belief” that you want to change that you know will improve your situation? Now imagine the opposite of that and challenge that old thought for the next 24 hours. I’d love to hear about your experiences if you try this technique out. Let me know how it went by leaving a comment below!