We’re still in the first quarter of the new year. Yes, we’re in the second week of March, but at just three months in, 2023 is still a relatively new year. But does it almost feel like last March was just a few weeks ago instead of a year ago?
Here’s something to consider: Where you are a year from now (March 2024!) will be a direct reflection of the choices you make today. Right now.
Everything boils down to choice. We exist in a world of infinite possibilities and options. Every choice we make opens a bunch of doors and shuts as many others. At any point, we can change the direction of our lives by a simple choice.
One of the most important choices you can make that will bring you closer to your goals and happiness is to overcome negative thoughts.
I’m not trying to turn you into a pollyanna, where everything is sunshine and butterflies, and you walk around with your head in the clouds. What I’m saying is that negative self-talk is the #1 thing that is holding you back.
You probably remember the children’s story, The Little Engine that Could. A train engine needs to get over what seems like an insurmountable mountain, and all of the other locomotives told the engine that it was too small and not powerful enough to make the climb. The little engine keeps saying to itself, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” And sure enough, the engine rises to the mountaintop and coasts back down to deliver a train full of toys to children.
Yes, it’s a story for kids, but the message of optimism is one that everyone at any age needs to remember. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Isn’t that the truth? Really think about that. It’s a simple statement, but wow, it kind of shakes you up. The thing is, changing your self-talk isn’t easy. It requires you to retrain the way you think and continually practice your new way of thinking. And if you’re already tending toward negativity, you might see changing your thoughts as an insurmountable mountain.
The benefit of working with a life coach, like me, is that one of the first things we work on is short-circuiting your pessimistic thoughts. Releasing them and changing your internal dialog enables you to begin believing in yourself and your abilities.
Could you do it on your own? Yes, I know you can. But is it a lot easier with a coach? Absolutely.
I will keep you on track and accountable. I will be a source of strength, support, and guidance. Perhaps most importantly, I will offer rational feedback to negative thoughts and help you begin your journey to a new way of thinking.
I’m going to paraphrase what a handful of other people, like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Buddha, and many others, have said in the past. You are what you think, and what you think shapes the actions you take.
Let me help you start now so that a year from now (if not sooner), you are exactly where you want to be!