What do you think about when you think about yourself?
What do you think about your qualities and capabilities?
Write out these thoughts in a list. Don’t just think about them, put them on paper or in your notes on your phone.
Then look at that list and separate the good, the bad, and the neutral.
Look at each bad one and ask yourself if it’s really true, how you know it’s true, and if someone else would say that about you.
Chances are, they’re not really true and another person wouldn’t say it.
These bad thoughts you have about yourself are what’s holding you back. They’re what are causing you to continually self-sabotage.
Look at them and instead of just believing them because you have for so long, look for the truth.
Decide to think differently.
Think you’re disgusting? How can you think differently that will cause you to feel better than how thinking you’re disgusting makes you feel?
Think you have no self-control? When have you proven to yourself that you can control yourself?
Think you’ll have to struggle around food forever? How about if you recognize that you’ll only have to struggle until you learn how to not struggle?
Any bad thought you have about yourself can be turned around. You always have the option of thinking differently. This doesn’t mean completely flipping from negative to positive, sometimes it means just moving a little bit towards the positive direction. You can deliberately think something that is slightly less painful than what you’re thinking now.
But first, you have to know what you’re thinking now that’s causing you pain and that’s causing you to give in to binges.
Take 10 minutes to write out what you think about yourself, the good and the bad.
After working on the bad stuff, don’t forget to check out the good. These good thoughts are what will keep you going, they’ll keep your self-esteem and confidence up.
It’s easy to focus on the bad and belittle the good stuff, but that good stuff is so important to keep in the forefront of your mind!
You are capable of so much. What are you capable of? What have you accomplished throughout your entire life?
You have amazing qualities. What are they? What do you like about yourself and what do other people like about you?
Remind yourself of all of these good things everyday.