We all have conversations going on inside our heads and, no, we are not crazy. Well, at least I’m not! We all hear competing voices. One is a negative critic, and the other is a positive coach. It is called self-talk, and which voice we listen to is a matter of choice. Like our beliefs and attitudes, our thinking can be a powerful ally or debilitating enemy. How we think affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we perform. We must learn not to chase bad thoughts.
Tiger Woods was arguably the greatest golfer to play the game, dominating his competition seemingly with ease – that is until the bottom fell out of his personal life. Since that time, he has struggled to be competitive. The cool, calm demeanor we often saw has been replaced by frustration and anger. He hasn’t lost his ability to play golf, he has lost his mental control…the very thing that gave him his competitive edge. I love the comment by legendary golfer Bobby Jones who said, “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears.” What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, makes all the difference in the world.
The same is true with effort required to lose weight and maintain the lifestyle necessary to sustain the loss. Do you listen to the positive coach instead of the negative critic in your own mind? Which voice do you hear? Which is louder, the negative critic or the positive coach? You can choose to listen to the voice that offers and reinforces positive thought. It has been said that thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny. It is all a matter of mental training. How much time are you spending developing your mental strength?