I came across this assignment I had done during my Fitness Degree program about Negative Self Talk. I wrote this about 9 years ago and as I was reading through it I was struck by how relevant the topic always seems to be and decided to share it with you.
For the most part I have a pretty solid positive self-image. It's kind of funny when I first this started this assignment I couldn't think of any then after I thought of one it was like the flood gates opened and I started to think about EVERYTHING that I think is negative about me.
I think that my top three negative self-perceptions are that I am inefficient with my time, I am huge, and I can be obsessively driven. I feel that if I wasn't such a slacker I could get more done. I would get straight A's, my house would always be clean, my kids would always find me accessible, everyone would always have clean socks, I would volunteer more at the kids school, the list goes on and on.
I think that being inefficient time and being obsessively driven can almost be one and the same. As for being huge I have wrestled with this one most of my life. As far back as JR. High kids called me Amazon, giraffe and my favorite gargantuan. For a long period of time in my life I acted very butch, very tough and BAD. Then I learned that it was just fine to be a large powerful female that didn't have to act tough to get respect.
I believe that all three of these things can have a positive spin put on them. As for being driven that means that I am motivated to work hard and succeed. For being inefficient with my time it means that I have the ability make down time a priority. And as for being huge, being tall and physically powerful sure does feel good. Plus I can be a great role model for other large females.
Someone once told me, I can't judge my insides by someone else's outsides. When I was able to take that to heart I started feeling a great deal better about myself. It's still hard sometimes when I compare myself to the cute svelte beauties of the world but on a day to day basis I am pretty darn happy with who I am and blessings that God gives me.
What negative self talk do you have going on in your head? Can you shift from seeing only the negative about yourself to seeing the positive? I challenge you to find the positive in the things about yourself that you say negative things about now. You really ARE amazing - I promise!
Here's to you in Health, Wellness and Fitness!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness
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