There is quite an age gap between myself and my brother so it’s only natural that he provided me with lots of pearls of wisdom along the way…which I promptly rolled my eyes at but secretly stored away for use later in life.
One of those gems was to write down the things I wanted for myself. Kinda like a wish list of goals. He said if I read it aloud each day, the more realistic they’d become. Don’t tell him (cause I’d never hear the end of it), but he’s right. (Love you, Teddy!)
It’s the power of positive self-talk.
It’s so easy to allow negative thoughts to take over. To run us down and make us feel miserable about ourselves. Why is that?
But if we remind ourselves of all the good things we have by writing a gratitude list, and then read that list each and every morning, we’ll have a better day. We’ll remember that things really aren’t as bad as they seem. There can be a silver lining if we look close enough. Something to be grateful for.
If we write down our best qualities and stop focusing on our flaws, and read it before we start our newest project at work or at home, we’ll remember how gifted we are. There are hidden treasures of talents within us just waiting to be discovered.
We can do the same thing for our partners. If you’re in a relationship with an addict and things have hit a rough patch, write down the reasons you fell in love with them…take the addiction out of the equation for a few minutes…and focus on the positive. It helps to remember they’re more than their addiction sometimes.
Do you have a gratitude list? Do you tend to do positive self-talk or negative self-talk?