A Simple Yet Powerful Strategy For Success
Dr. James Gills completed a double triathlon six times when he was in his fifties.
When asked how he did it, he said: “I’ve learned to talk to myself instead of listen to myself.”
He continued, “If I listen to myself I hear all the reasons why I should give up. I hear that I’m too tired-too old-too weak to make it. But if I talk to myself I can give myself the encouragement and words I need to hear to keep running and finish the race.”
Managing Your Thoughts Involves Proactively Deciding What You’ll Say To Yourself
Dr. Gill’s practice is exactly what managing your mind looks like in your daily life.
You’ve got the old, automatic thoughts that feel true and also are your default way of thinking because you’ve been practicing them for probably most of your life.
Then you’ve got the thoughts of the part of you who knows that your success is inevitable and that you are capable of achieving what you want. Maybe you’ve never practiced these thoughts or maybe you used to think them but have forgotten about them.
Regardless, you can start today by choosing thoughts that will help you feel how you’d like to feel and then deliberately saying them to yourself more than you listen to the old default thoughts.
This Is A Skill
Just as Dr. Gills said, this is a skill that can be learned.
Most of us are not born thinking this way, and we’re certainly not taught to think this in school or anywhere else. But just by reminding yourself on a daily basis of the thoughts that you want to think, you’ll begin to create new neural pathways and those new thoughts will become easier over time, just like every other skill you’ve ever learned.
Does it happen overnight? Of course not.
Is it worth the effort? Definitely.
Will the old thoughts come up on a regular basis? You can count on it.
Can you learn to overcome them? Indubitably.
Try It Out
What do you want to tell yourself today?
Write it down on post-it notes. Put it on your phone as an hourly reminder throughout the day.
Those daily repetitions, one after another, are what will lead you to what you really want.
Have a beautiful week!