What Are You Thinking?
After you separate or divorce, the most important tool you have at your disposal is your mindset. What are you thinking? What are you telling yourself? Here are 3 steps to help you stop the negative self-talk and move forward in your new life.
After you separate or divorce, the most important tool you have at your disposal is your mindset. What are you thinking? What are you telling yourself? Is your goal to “survive” your divorce? Do you feel like you’re a failure or “damaged goods”? Your thoughts have a powerful impact on your reality.
For me and my three school-age children, I decided that to simply “survive” my divorce would be setting the bar way too low. Instead, I wanted all of us to THRIVE and blossom. I believe we’re never given more than we can handle. I was open to learning the lessons life was teaching me in this relationship breakdown. I didn’t want to stay stuck in anger or fear. I most certainly didn’t want to have to repeat this experience again either!
Getting divorced made me realize how programmed I had been to my own negative internal dialogue. There’s nothing like having a 20-year relationship crumble to turn up the volume on the internal, self-critical thoughts I’d been carrying around my whole life, but never really noticed before. I realized that a very important tool we all have (and don’t use enough) is the power to choose our thoughts.
Dr. Lee Pulos, noted clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, estimates that we self-talk between 150-300 words per minute. That works out to an astonishing 45,000-50,000 thoughts per day! He estimates that the average person can only last for about 11 seconds without some kind of self-talk. For many of us, a lot of that self-talk is negative – particularly when we’ve experienced some kind of set-back, like a separation or divorce. Dr. Pulos asserts people put themselves in a “waking hypnosis” with this incessant stream of negative self-talk. We’re literally laying down programming in our consciousness that beats us up and sets us up for failure and dissatisfaction.
How do you break-out of the negative self-hypnosis cycle? Here are some easy strategies to get you started:
1. You Don’t Have to Know
2. Tune into Your Inner Dialogue
3. Take A Baby Step
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Success Strategist, coach and best-selling author, Carolyn B. Ellis, is the founder of ThriveAfterDivorce.com, created for divorced people who want to stop struggling and start thriving. To get free tips on every aspect of living through a divorce, from legal issues to single parenting to getting back into the dating world, visit www.ThriveAfterDivorce.com