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#35: Creating A Positive Mental Surplus

Monday, August 03, 2009

Most people know that to lose weight they need to create a calorie deficit. That is, more calories must be expended than are consumed. It is an easy concept to understand but one often difficult to put into practice.

But there are many dieting plans to help. The basic concept of these programss is to relate what foods can and can not be consumed.

But they do not spend much time talking about the mental side of fitness.

Our world is filled with negatives. It seems so rare to be on the receiving end of a positive comment that we frequently do not know how to react.

So what can we do to create a positive mental surplus?

We should constantly shower ourselves with positive affirmations. Not once in a while. Not daily. But constantly.

Here's one easy way to do this. Use index cards cut in half and on each one write a positive self-compliment.

"I CAN be successful."
"I AM a good person."
"I BELIEVE I will achieve."
"I WILL overcome."
"I AM a person others look to for guidance."
"I AM a person my boss can count on."
"I AM a good parent."
"I AM a good student."
"I AM a considerate person."
"I CARE about others."
"I HELP people in need.

You get the idea. Create an index card library of positive compliments and achievements and rubber band them together. Take them with you in your purse, briefcase, backpack and car. Add to them when you think of a new positive statement and when others compliment you about the way you look, the clothes you wear, how you handled a project, your well-mannered children and when you achieve anything.

Shuffle these cards and read them each morning, at least once during the day and again at night.

Also, if you have a tape recorder, record these positive affirmations. Continually add positive statements about yourself and play the tape when you're driving or when you relax during the day and at night.

Just as creating a calorie deficit results in weight loss, so creating a positive mental surplus will result in a more confident you.

The world gives us negative statements daily. But you don't have to listen to the naysayers and the "nattering nabobs of negativity" as former vice-president Spirow Agnew once called them.

Craft a new world for yourself. Not only one in which you have better physical health, but also one in which you positive mental health.

Begin adding to your positive mental surplus today.

You CAN do it.
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    I have a note book on my desk top with Positive Thoughts and when I feel I am running near low then I click on it and fill up.

    Also I try to monitor my self talk and when I say something negative to myself I quickly turn it around with a positive statement.

    Another thing I do when the going gets rough is to say this positive affirmation out loud 3 times before I go to sleep, " Every day, in every way I am getting better and better. " A positive mental attitude truly does help.

    God Bless . Joy
    4227 days ago
    Sorry to be late with this one, but it made me think how important it is for us to give affirmation to one another, to never tear another down, always to build up. Excellent blog.
    4228 days ago
    Thank you all for your kind comments. These ideas are a more concrete form of subliminal reinforcement. My cynical side always wondered if the given affirmations were actually on the tape under the sounds of the ocean or nature or if we simply believed we were hearing them but that they actually didn't exist except on the written pamphlet enclosed with the tape. Thank you for writing. Best of success to you. -- Lou
    4228 days ago
    Thank you once again for your blogs. This is one i needed as of late. I have had a real problem with the negative self talk and just feeling down. Starting to cause relationship problems along with every other reason it is just wrong. I have been thinking of ways to overcome it, like journaling, but I like this idea, too. I need to make a conscious effort to stop belittling myself. It is getting me no where fast. Again, thank you for your offerings, and know the impact you have on others...you truly do.
    4228 days ago
    I have found that since I have been on the path, it is easier to keep a positive attitude. I found that the fat and sugars i was eating was changing my mental state ... with me its sort of a "eat nice, be nice" ... anyway :)

    4229 days ago
    I'm glad I read this! Thanks for posting!
    4229 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Positive statements take you to where you want to go.
    4229 days ago
  • no profile photo GRANDMAZ23
    Great idea! This is something I can easily do and will give it a try. Thanks!
    4229 days ago
    You are so right. I can do it! You can do it! Have a great Monday!
    4229 days ago
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