Here’s my question to you: What thoughts are you feeding yourself?
Do they include...
- I am doing a good job.
- I am on track to achieve my goals.
- I am making progress.
- I can get the promotion.
- I can lose weight and be healthier.
- I can be a good parent.
- or, perhaps...
- I will be financially successful.
- I will be better this year than I was last year.
- I have a team that is working together well.
- or, are these your thoughts...
- I’m going to fail.
- I’m never going to be happy.
- I’m never going to have the life that I want.
- I’m never going to make it in this career.
- I should just give up now.
I recently read a quote from Mindy Kaling that I felt was spot on and worth sharing: "I think, as humans, no one remembers their successes. Everyone just remembers their failures."
The thoughts you feed yourself significantly affect your mood, performance, and outcomes.
So, when mistakes happen (and they do happen), or you're having trouble getting your train back on the track, stop and remember your wins and the days that went seamlessly.
To further feed those good thoughts and feelings, make a habit of reading great books, putting on music that makes you happy, listening to inspirational podcasts, and surrounding yourself with positive people who speak of possibilities and action.
This week, and every week moving forward, guard your mental energy - it's precious and sensitive. Think of your brain the way you would think about exercising at the gym, and make mental wellness a part of your routine.