Today (like every good day) I am embracing one of the foundational practices of SHIFT; I am writing my own script. It's a Wednesday, I haven't gotten a good night of sleep in a few nights, my plate is very full etc, etc. So I channel the words of Sarah Goldman, GuRu of SHIFT and Badass Success Coach at Action First and ask myself; how do I want to feel. The answer is awake, full of energy, lively, capable of working through my to do list, capable of getting it all (or most of it) done. Here come's my script; I am energized - I am productive. On repeat, in my mind, all day.
If you have been in one of my cycle classes you have probably heard me talk about scripts and self dialogue. And I don't like to waste my breath in cycle class so that should tell you that this stuff is important! We all possess the incredible capability to decided how our workout/day/week/life will feel. And it's not just some woo woo new age positive talk, there's science to back it up.
In order to fully understand how it all works let's take a look at some excerpts from Sarah's Blog; The Grit Factory. In her post; Fake It Till You Make It...And Why It Works she breaks down the difference and the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious mind, check it out:
The conscious mind, the stuff we are aware of, is the part of our mind that controls voluntary actions. Raising your hand, peddling your bike, punching your friend. It’s also where your short-term memory lives. It’s the rational and logical part of the brain. The subconscious is the part of the mind that controls just about everything else. For example, physiological functions like breathing and keeping the heart beating. It also creates your emotions and beliefs and as a result it’s the keeper of your long-term memory.
Then she cites this great analogy:
“subconscious is soil, and it accepts any seed you want to plant in it, your consciousness does this. The seeds are your habitual beliefs. Your consciousness is the gardener.”
And here is the real magic:
The relationship between the two minds is more than just self-talk, but it certainly starts there. If you constantly telling yourself that you “suck,” or even more innocuously, that you are “tired,” your subconscious will believe it and provide the according emotions, physical responses, and worse, as I explained above, store it as a belief. If you say you are “tired” guess what, you will be.
Why is this important? Because the flip side is also true! If you consistently tell yourself you “feel great” the subconscious will begin storing that belief and like it did when you were telling yourself you were tired, it will send you the emotions and physical responses needed to “feel great.” This is the beauty of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Because the subconscious mind follows the orders of the conscious mind without question, (think the soil accepts all seeds), what we purposefully tell it, it acts upon. Whether it’s the truth or a lie! Otherwise known as “fake it till you make it.”
Even more interesting, the subconscious works in images rather than words and therefore is unable to process negatives, like “won’t” “don’t” “not” etc. This is huge in the employment of NLP because using language like “I’m not tired” only sends the image of being tired to the subconscious. So even when you believe you are sending the right message to yourself, you may be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts. Pay close attention to your language and plant the seeds of what you want, not what you don’t want. Instead of “I’m not tired,” try “I am strong,” or “I am energized.”
So that leads us to the next step, putting this into practice....writing yourself a script! Stop reading right now and ask yourself how you want to feel at the end of this day. Once you hone in on it translate your answer into your script. Each time you feel your mind ping ponging around or doing down the rabbit hole of unproductive thought patterns, jump right back on your script and repeat it to yourself. MAGIC WILL HAPPEN, you may be surprised. Try it for a day or two and let us know how it worked for you!
Do like Sarah says; put that monkey mind on a short leash and make it your bitch!