The major difference comes in HOW you talk to yourself. This can make or break you. The way in which you talk to yourself shapes your day and how you think about yourself as well as about your surrounding environment (and the people in it).
When we talk about the power of words, most people think of those words that are said out loud. They are very important, of course. But, more important are those words and phrases we utter to ourselves and especially about ourselves. Often our talk to ourselves occupies the majority of our time - when we're driving, working, at night, running, swimming, doing other workouts, meditating etc. Even when we're supposed to be paying attention to others. Frequently our mind wanders back to thoughts like "how do I look?", "is my hair ok?" "do I have anything horrible stuck in my teeth like you see in those ads?", "why did I bother to come here? I don't fit in? No one likes me?" etc.
Even when you think (or say) something abstract like "that was really stupid", your subconscious thinks you're talking to it and telling it that you are stupid. Have you ever said something like "I can't believe I did that! What an idiot I am?" I know I've thought those things. And I have to work rapidly (assuming I'm attentive enough to notice it) to counter that with "that is not my truth".
What about when we're plagued by worry? What thoughts go through your mind when you engage in the worrisome thoughts? Be careful there - if you don't catch yourself, you'll continue to say the same things over and over again. You know what that leads to - yep - a belief - remember that a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over again. You slam it into your subconscious enough times that your brain begins to think it's true.
Try this for a week: Monitor everything you say to yourself. I don't want you to feel you have free will to say anything to others but your job for the next seven days is to really pay attention to those words, phrases, thoughts that swirl around inside your head. Write down the common ones but when you recognize something that is giving you the wrong message, immediately say "That is NOT my truth".
In a week tell me how clear you think your mind is? Is it more clear and happier than today? What changes have happened if any - these may not be external changes (although that is possible too) but there should be some internal changes that you can recognize.
Let us know - put your responses in the comment box below and tell us any changes or even any challenges you're come across. Did you recognize any patterns? Talk about them with your family and friends and share them here!