When we carry around negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs, they really do start to show in our outward appearances. Tired eyes, splotchy skin and weight gain are a few of the things I’ve noticed happening to my body when I’m dealing with stress or a negative thought pattern, and I know I’m not the only one!
While of course it’s easier said than done, letting go of these thoughts and ideas can be so freeing. Sometimes we hold onto beliefs like “I’m not good enough” or “everyone hates me” because we feel like they’re the objective truth, or we feel like we are protecting ourselves in some way by keeping them a part of our story.
I’m the first person to admit to doing this, and sometimes it takes a conscious decision to allow ourselves to be free of these horrible thoughts. Heck, sometimes we need to keep making the same decision over and over again to remind ourselves that our negative beliefs aren’t serving us!
So whether you agree or not, below are five ideas/thoughts/beliefs/sentiments that simply aren’t serving you anymore. Not only will they manifest more negativity in your life, but holding onto them will start to show on your face, and no one wants premature wrinkles!
1. “I’m not good enough.” This one comes in a variety of lovely editions such as “I’m not successful enough,” “I’m not pretty enough,” “I’m not skinny enough,” and oh, my personal favourite, “no one likes me.” Whatever your version of this thought is (and trust me, they’re all the same, I’ve experienced all of them), it’s not serving you in any way. Not only are you doing the best you can with what you’ve been given, but usually, insecure people are the most beautiful, most successful and most loved people out there, so this thought isn’t even true! Let. It. Go.
2. “I should be doing _____ (fill in the blank).” As Louise Hay says, the word “should” should be banished from the dictionary, because no matter what, it always makes the person saying it wrong in some way. If you feel like watching TV in bed, do it! If you feel like working out for two hours, do that! Listen to your body: it knows what you need. This one also applies to larger life events like “I should have done xyz in my career by this age. I should have ten degrees and a high-powered job and a condo downtown.” If you choose to believe instead that we are all exactly where we need to be at all times, then you’ll see that everything that’s happened in your life up until this point has happened for the best. So let go of should thoughts right now!
3. Suffering in life is inevitable. Okay, maybe this one is a little bit true, but why not aim for 100 instead of accepting 75? If you believe that your life will be full of success, abundance and radiant health, it will be, simple as that! Any setbacks that happen along the way are just minor obstacles that you can tackle easily. Tell the universe that you expect nothing less than magnificence, and it will give it to you. In other words, raise your standards a little, you’re worth it!
What negative thoughts can you let go of right now? Let me know in the comments!
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