For the past several months much of my life has included playing with my one and half year old son while being bombarded with cartoons who sing songs that sadly continue to play/haunt in your dreams.
Needles to say, it’s been really fun and I am blessed.
One show in particular is my son’s favorate. It’s called “Super Why” and there is a powerful lesson from this show that applies to real world change psychology.
So if you are looking to make a change in your health and fitness or any other area in your life for that matter, this lesson is for you.
While it’s mainly a show about letters learning to read and a simple life lesson like “share with others”; in every episode the story things don’t go right for one of the characters and thus no happy ending.
That’s where “Super Why” comes in, (a boy with the power to read). Super Why changes words in the story to take it from a sad ending to a happy ending.
For example: “From – Mrs. Clark “falls into” the hole. To – Mrs. Clark “jumps over” the hole.
Now this all seems like child’s play, and you might be saying “Robin, what the heck does this have to do with me getting into better shape?”
It’s simple. We all have a story, a narrative we tell ourselves about whom we are.
That story is powerful, it shapes our decisions, has the power to limit ourselves or make us become who we want to be.
Think about the story you tell yourself does say anything like this:
- I’m not good enough
- I don’t like exercise
- I don’t eat vegetables
- Other people are better than me
- I’m not going to do that… what will people think?
- I can’t stop eating cake
- I’m out of control
- I can’t lose weight
- I can’t (insert any more I can’t statements here)
- I’m not worth it
If these are the type narratives you say to yourself then it’s time to pull a “Super Why” and change your story.
Here is an exercise I want you to do ASAP… and don’t take this lightly… it works.
Write down 3 narratives you tell yourself on a consistent basis.
Now change some of the words to something that you would rather say about yourself.
- I can’t lose weight -> I will lose weight
- I can’t stop eating cake -> I can cake in small portions
- I don’t like exercise -> I like how hip thrusts make my butt look
Review what you wrote down every morning, and every night for 14 days.
Consider this your 14-day mindset transformation challenge.
You may not believe that story immediately and that’s ok.
Give it time.
Be aware of it.
Start to embody your new narrative.
So what’s your story?