Do you think your thoughts, the way you perceive external situations and inter-personal interactions, or what you say to yourself has any part in determining whether or not your wellness practice is doing well or not?
I’ll shout from the roof, “YES, What You Say To Yourself DOES Matter To Your Success!”
Many practitioners who are not (yet) <– see what I did there — experiencing the yummy-ness in their practice are dealing with a lot of negative self-talk and self-doubt. I see this to be one of the biggest hurdles to over come.
Do You Think Thoughts Like These?
These negative, self doubting thoughts will hold you back in ways you may not even be able to comprehend.
Not being a psychotherapist, I don’t know all the internal stuff happening, but we do know chemical reactions happen in our bodies when we think positively (or negatively) and we also know that when we have a strong belief that we will succeed, we are more likely to actually see success.
(and if we are generally positive thinkers, but, by chance it turns out something goes wrong or doesn’t result in what we hoped, it doesn’t have such a detrimental impact on us. We are more resilient.)
It would be great to be able to just simply tell ourselves to “think positive” and it would be all flowers and butter flys, but that is not reality.
Find your way to change your thought patterns. What can you do that will work for YOU?
A simple tactic is to become aware of when you do think a negative thought, and practice switching it in your mind to a positive.
Example “therapist thought” might be:
1- Negative: “My last client didn’t show up because she probably didn’t like her last session with me.”
Positive Switch: “My last client didn’t show up. Maybe she just forgot — I’ll contact her to see what happened.”
2- Negative: “I can’t raise my rates, no one will be able to afford it.”
Positive Switch: “My new rates reflect my level of experience and training and those who want to work with me will find a way to do so.”
Do you see the glass as half full rather than half empty?
2 Tricks To “Stop Stinkin’ Thinkin” (as Author, Zig Ziglar refers to in one of his books):
Aside from positive affirmations on post-it notes around your house, There are also a few little tricks to try that will help support you to get your ‘mind-set’ in a positive frame.
#1: Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it each time a negative thought enters your mind. You snap the band (not too hard — it is not punishment, rather just a pattern-interrupt) and then re-frame your thought from a negative interpretation to a positive perspective when-ever possible. If you can’t see how to turn it into positive, make it at least neutral as in the example above, with the missed appointment.
#2: Another method is to take time each day and throughout the day to write out a list of your gratitudes. By focusing on the good stuff in your life, it helps you become more in tune with all that is good, and for many practitioners this is really an important part of making the transition to feeling more confident and able to take on the world, presenting your best self, not your reserved, un-sure self.
Surround Your Self With Confidence – Own Your Value:
Everyone feels better when they surround themselves with up-lifting people, and our Clients, vendors, referring partners, and even our friends pick up on how we perceive our selves. We all want to do business with successful businesses, so in fact when we behave in successful ways, thinking positive thoughts, we actually become more successful.
I’ve experienced the change that occurs with positive thoughts, as have many of my mentoring clients.
So, what’s it gonna be for you? Full or Empty? Thrive or barely survive?
Looking forward to reading your comments on what you do when you recognize the “Stinkin’ Thinkin” thoughts are creeping in? How do you turn it around for yourself?
Please share below.
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