This article written by a colleague speaks to how vital it is to pay attention to our self talk!
I invite you to give extra attention for the next 3 days on what you say either out loud or to yourself AFTER the words “I am.”
Then, begin to notice how you feel after using them. No judgements-just be in a place of observation.
Enjoy this article by Rita Graving!
Find more of Rita Graving’s articles here: https://medium.com/@ritagraving
Two Words. Three letters and a space.
We unequivocally define ourselves to both our outer and, more importantly, our inner world with these two words…
I AM. . .
I am tired. I’m hungry. I’m broke. I am desperate. I am angry. I am overwhelmed. I’m too old. I’m no good at this. I’m not going to make it. I am sick of (fill in the blank)
On the positive side, we state: I’m okay. I am grateful. I am in love. I’m gonna do this. I am happy. I’m doing all right. I am proud. I am loved.
How many times each day do we speak these words out loud or in our thoughts? How are we affected when we absent-mindedly make statements like this?
Negatively for sure. For the subconscious mind never sleeps and is always listening.
The Subconscious Mind
Whether we think these thoughts or speak them, our proclamations are received via the conscious mind, recorded and transmitted to our ‘mother board,’ the subconscious mind.
It’s unlimited storage capacity begins in utero to filter, catalog, and permanently store every single bit of information from our lives. It has no opinion or conscience. It can’t tell whether we’re joking and accepts instruction without question.
The subconscious mind simply does what the conscious mind tells it to do. And the more frequent the command from the conscious mind, the more likely it is to be accepted as truth and manifest in our reality.
Bottom line: The subconscious mind doesn’t make choices. So the more we define ourselves as tired, the more tired we will be. And the more we proclaim our gratitude, the more gratitude we’ll experience.
We are who we say we are.
The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind, despite its limited capacity, provides the only access to the subconscious mind. It is objective, intellectual and logical. This is the home of free will; the double edged sword that allows us to choose either what is for our highest good, or our smallest self. Our words play a key role in the outcome.
The words we think and speak carry energy that is both a reflection of our inner world and an announcement to our external energy field of what we want more of. Every word we use reinforces a belief we have, whether it’s true for us or not. Without exception.
The reality of our current life shows us the prominent beliefs in our subconscious mind. It’s likely many of the beliefs that are running our adult lives were adopted during infancy and childhood as we learned about life without the filter of experience.
Perhaps our ‘mother board’ is due for an update.
7 Tips for Changing Your Mind
- It is the job of the CONSCIOUS mind to update the programming of the subconscious mind. Empower your conscious mind by accepting responsibility for your thoughts and words, for they will form your new belief systems.
- Define yourself. Make a list of true-for-you I AM statements and keep it in a handy place (like a note on your phone) for easy access when you need a reminder. These can be future goals such as I am happy in my work, I am healthy etc. Just make sure to write them in the present tense.
- Select a handful of your I AM statements and repeat them out loud daily. Hearing your voice saying them gives them more energy to feed the subconscious mind.
- Like using food as fuel to create a healthy body, if we want a healthy mind, we must use our thoughts and words as fuel too. And, BTW, a healthy body will support a healthy mind and vice versa.
- Taking action in favor of a new belief builds energy. Take action daily with focused intent. Create a mantra. Practice the feeling of your new belief. Act as though it’s already your reality. The stronger your conviction the greater your reward.
- Practice, practice, practice. Depending on how entrenched your beliefs are, this can take practice. And then one day you’ll notice, you’re living the experience you’ve been practicing. Your vision will have become your reality.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your antiquated belief system. So be kind to yourself. Save perfection for your golf game or your first soufflé. Just start.
Bit by bit, a little becomes a lot.