Stop! Stop! STOP!
My mom cried out. She was pinned between the bumper of the little red Chevette and the post supporting our basketball hoop. My foot quickly slammed on the brakes.
Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear
As I looked in my mirror, I thought I easily had another foot of room between my bumper and the basketball hoop. My mom on the other hand, saw otherwise. That little saying on the side mirror, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”, well, as a fifteen year old, I sort of thought that was a recommendation.
1 Simple Way to Look Attractive and Feel Confident
What you believe has a big impact on what you think, and what you think, is what you do. Each day you have the opportunity to act upon what you believe. The way you feel about yourself—whether you feel beautiful or confident—it all starts with what you believe. So how can you look attractive and feel confident?
Simple. You change what you believe about yourself.
Really? Yes, it’s that simple.
Spilled Coffee and the Mind
The Power of Self Talk
The reason I shared this example, is because your self talk impacts what you believe about yourself and what you do.
Years ago, I was in that scenario, and I actually responded saying out loud “Yes”! At the time I didn’t plan it. It just happened that way. What I later realized, is that what I said actually reinforced my feelings. I didn’t feel bad about myself. My morning went fine. In the past, I would’ve been frustrated because I messed up. It would tend to result in a not–so–successful rest of the day.
How about you? When you make a mistake, how do you feel?
You feel bad, right?
Yeah. I did too.
What if someone was constantly pointing out that you made that mistake, would you want to be around that person long? I wouldn’t. Why would you want to be around a person that is constantly telling you that you’re a failure?
So, when you won’t tolerate someone else talking to you that way, why do you allow yourself—to talk to yourself that way?
The truth is that we all make mistakes, but there is a philosophical difference between making a mistake and believing you are a mistake. Real change happens when you make up your mind to dismantle years of negative self talk by practicing biblical self talk. Never underestimate the power of speaking life–changing words—to yourself.
5 Benefits of Biblical Self Talk
By practicing daily biblical self–talk, you’ll be able to see some significant benefits. Here are 5 practical ways biblical self talk makes you look attractive and feel confident.
1. You see yourself as a winner, regardless of your circumstances. Once you start training your mind to think positively about yourself, you gain excitement, enjoyment and hope. Your mantra becomes, “If I win, I win. If I lose, I learn.”
2. Failure doesn’t ruin you. It creates The Best You. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, recently shared with CNN how her Father helped she and her brother “reframe their definition of failure”. Take a look. (7:38)
3. You always have something to wear. You become more valuable than your clothes. There will always be those pieces that you love because they make you feel like a million bucks. Ultimately you recognize that you make you look awesome. When you feel this way—you are comfortable in your own skin and others are naturally attracted to people who are confident in themselves.
4. You’re never alone. As a positive person you become a relationship magnet. You enjoy life—it doesn’t weigh you down. You see the good in people and they feel it. They feel encouraged just by being around you.
5. Your lifestyle becomes healthier. Positive thinking inspires positive choices. What you think becomes what you do. Zig Ziglar always said, “You’re what you are and where you are because of what’s gone in to your mind. You can change where you are, by changing what goes into your mind. You cannot become what you need to be by remaining what you are.”
A Bruise Worth Remembering
My mom’s voice still rings in my ears—a memory of when I pinned her with the car. What’s more memorable though, is the bruise on her leg. It was the size of a small watermelon. That day, my thoughts led me to hurt my mom. I chose to believe and act based on something wrong, even though the truth was staring right at me.
Have you ever had the truth right in front of you, but you’ve chosen not to believe it?
How many times have you hurt others? How many times have you hurt yourself?
Every time I get in my car today, that little saying on the side mirror is another reminder. That day long ago, I made a mistake, but I learned that what I think is directly connected to my actions. It affects me and those around me.
How about you? Interested in replacing those negative thoughts with positive, biblically–based thoughts today? Click the link for a Free Download of Biblical Self Talk cards.