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16 February 2018


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I get this. I would like to make my own self-talk more positive so that I can be more positive when I speak to the people I love. A big chunk of that is changing "I can't do (something I'd like to do)" to "I choose ___". Another switch for me is dropping the verb "struggle." (I struggle with emotional eating, I struggle with sloth.) I no longer want to constrain my days with can'ts and struggles. The Beck Diet Solution has helped me reframe some of my language. Thanks for sharing!


Yes! Positive self-talk, Christ-centered self-talk ... these are things I've been discussing with my teens in these early days of Lent ... Fasting from unhealthy eating and exercice habits ... Life long challenges for sure ... I truly apprecate you sharing your thoughts and experiences in this arena. Thank you :-)


Please keep blogging about this as you figure it out.


I hope you'll find it encouraging, and not "run away!" alarming, if I say that you're on your way to living in my head. It's not that I never need to know my end before I start, but that I never mind improvising. And I don't know whether it's a gift or a curse, but I have a talent for paring tasks, schedules, etc., down to the bare essentials and then not worrying about more than that.

Mostly related: have you read The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin? I don't remember if we'd talked about it, or if Mark would dismiss it as more personality hoodoo, but I found her analysis of how people deal with obligations to be helpful to me in figuring out how to get things done. (I'm an Obliger, which anyone could have told me.) The quiz, and more reading, is here: https://gretchenrubin.com/2015/01/ta-da-the-launch-of-my-quiz-on-the-four-tendencies-learn-about-yourself/

Kate Cousino

This is very much in line with some things I've been thinking about.

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