In yesterday's post I got so caught up in how you say things to yourself that I never got to the second part. Because in all my reading what I discovered is that not only must you say things positively and as if they are fact, you must also act like it's a fact. So this person that I was reading said to picture in your mind how you will dress, walk, act, when your goals are reached and to do that now. That led me to thinking.
For the past 8 years I have worked in a lab. That has meant not wearing nice clothes. I always had to wear clothes that I didn't care if they got destroyed or not (which almost all my clothes did). As you can imagine I did not dress very nice. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts were the order of the day.
Before that I was a nature tour guide and led hikes in the mountains. Again, not something you would dress up for. So I thought about this for a while and I realized something. Wearing those clothes that I didn't care about led to a mindset. I didn't care how I looked. Did you get that?? I DIDN'T CARE HOW I LOOKED!! Wow. Could this be part of the problem?? Seriously. I spent most of my week not caring how I looked!! I think those thoughts really sunk in. Since I was constantly getting acid on something creating holes, I had to convince myself that clothes and how I looked didn't matter at all. In that situation it really didn't, but you say anything often enough and it becomes true.
So, beginning today, I care how I look. I will dress nicely. I will wear make-up. I will blow dry my hair. I even have an appointment to get my nails done, so there. I really think this may be a bigger part of the problem then even I think. If I don't care how I look what does it matter if I eat right or work out??? I really think this is a key. So, from here on out I will care about how I look. There will be no going out in sweats (yes, I did that). There will be no wearing of Crocs except around the house (yes, I would wear them to the store). I have lots of casual clothes that look nice and I will wear them. All of my clothes that make me feel like I don't care are getting dumped. This includes anything with a hole in it, anything that doesn't fit right (generally, too large), and anything I just plain don't like. If what I'm wearing doesn't make me feel fabulous, I'm not wearing it!!!
So, that's where I am at this point. Goals stated in the positive as fact and acting like it's a fact, caring how I look. Interesting how incredibly powerful your mind can be. How these things can get you and you don't even realize it.
02 January 2009
Fake it till you feel it
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I know exactly what you mean. We do so much to take care of our home, our jobs and others, but what about ourselves? We have pride in ownership of our homes and cars, we should have pride in ownership of ourselves, too.
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