“She’s just become one of those people who thinks the answer to living healthy is taking those pills.” The words stung when I heard them for the first time. She was talking about me.
It had come out of the mouth of someone—who was a good friend. She had known me for years. I was deeply hurt, I was angry, then I was sad because of what she said.
Maybe you’ve experienced this two–fold dichotomy:
1. You feel hurt by a close friend and so you try to convince yourself while burying your hurt and emotions. What do you say to yourself? I’m strong, it’s not me—it’s her issue. You try to just write it off and rationalize why your friend made these comments.
2. You question yourself—what you’re good at and how everyone sees you. Thoughts replay in your mind circling around what you did wrong. It replays again and again. What are you saying to yourself in the process? It’s my problem. It’s my fault.
The Real Problem
Perhaps, the thoughts that race through your mind swing from one dichotomy to the other. But the core of all of this is that for one—you feel hurt. Secondly, you know something went wrong.
There’s a problem.
Your friend hurt you, but that isn’t the real problem. It’s not your friend, what she said and it’s not even what you did or did not do to give her that impression.
The real problem is how you think about what has been said about you—what you say to yourself.
When someone says something negative, it’s easy for us to think or say to ourselves, “It must be true because someone sees us that way.”
Or, we start to rationalize what things we have done to make a person say such a thing. The problem with this type of response, is that you are allowing other people to tell you who you are.
In our culture positive thinking has been given a bad wrap and when someone even mentions positive thinking it results in people rolling their eyes. Positive thinking is a biblical concept.
In fact Paul talks about it in the new testament in Romans and Ephesians. He calls it renewing the mind. Sometimes we just need a little more convincing to believe that this stuff isn’t made up and I’ll tell you—I’m not making it up.
It’s been proven by research.
What You Say to Yourself Matters
Shad Helmstetter, Ph. D. in Motivational Psychology wrote the international bestseller, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. He has said; “Most of our self talk, somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 to 80 percent of all of our self talk is a duplicate, it’s a repetition of the programming that we got.”
Helmstetter goes on to say;
“In the brain, every time you repeat the same message, it is reinforcing that message in your brain…”
Helmstetter, who’s appeared on CNN, Oprah, NBC, CBS, ABC, and over 1200 radio stations, commonly uses a simple yet interesting image to clearly describe his research. He says that [self talk] its like your brain has a network of highways that have been created, and as you continue to repeat those same messages—its like reinforcing the road with a fresh layer of asphalt.*
The Battle of The Instant Replay
The fight for what goes into your mind is a fierce battle and it’s subtle. Most of the time you’re too busy fighting that instant replay that you don’t realize that God has given you everything you need for godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
Ever catch yourself saying—I can’t or I’m not?
What you say to yourself matters. The wrong words keep you in that perpetual cycle of “this is my life and this is all it will every be”.
With that mindset, life is just a dash on your tombstone that marks the time between your birth and death. It’s a perpetual negative rain cloud hanging over your head.
But…the right words become the race marked out for us – the right dash that moves you from surviving—> to thriving. To be honest, you are the problem, but, it doesn’t have to stop there. You are the solution.
Seeing a Problem Signals a Solution
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