The Self-Love Diet offers you a lifetime of loving thoughts, emotions, actions and relationships. But how do you begin?
Yesterday I went over step number two in the 5-Step Process, confronting your thoughts. Today I will go over step number three in the 5-Step Process, replace the thought.
Here are the 5 steps:
#1 Catch your thought.
#2 Confront your thought by asking, “Who says?”
#3 Replace the thought.
#4 Apologize to yourself.
#5 Commit to change.
I’ll go in depth on step three with you today. Once you have honed the first two skills of catching and confronting your thoughts, you are developing the ability to create your own reality. Now you are ready for step three:
Step Three: Replacing your thought:
By replacing critical thoughts with self affirming, loving thoughts you are actively choosing more positive emotions which result in more loving actions because they all work together. Here’s an example: Have you ever called yourself stupid or dumb for making a mistake, and felt bad or guilty for mistaking that mistake? How would you feel if instead you told yourself: “It’s O.K. to be imperfect, I need to forgive myself and learn from it and move on.”?
When you replace a critical thought with a compassionate statement, you are practicing one of the basic Self-Love Diet action steps.
How would your life be different if you regularly offered yourself loving thoughts? I hope you’ll use this tip during the rest of these days in January and let us know how it works for you.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet 31-day challenge.
31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge
January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.
Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works
Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.