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 four in the 5-Step Process, apologizing to yourself. Today I will describe the last step in the 5-Step Process: Commit to change.
The 5-Step Process
The Five-Step Process is a powerful Self-Love Diet tool. When this process becomes second nature, you will notice more loving thoughts and emotions within yourself and for others in your life.
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.
Once you have honed the first four steps of catching, confronting, replacing your thoughts and apologizing to yourself you will notice a positive shift in your emotional well being. However, there is more power and healing available to you and it comes when you consistently put step five into action.
Step-Five: Commit to Change
In the previous step, apologize to yourself, you admitted that you had hurt yourself and needed to change. Step five comes after you’ve already made many inward changes. You’ve already developed your inner observer and now have the ability to catch your thoughts. By noticing your thoughts instead of being controlled by them you have the capability to confront your thoughts. By confronting your thoughts you’ve developed the ability to replace your self-defeating thoughts with empowering ones. You’ve acknowledged the harm these “old stories” have caused and apologized to yourself. Now you are ready to commit to continued change.
Committing to change does not mean that you will be the perfect Love Warrior from this moment forward. It does mean that by committing to change you are setting yourself up for success. Your goal may be to implement the 5-Step process. This will help you to be mindful of your thoughts and their influence over your emotions, actions and relationship with your self and others.
Committing to change may be more tangible, perhaps you are committing to change by going to bed earlier or meditating for 5 minutes each day before you get out of bed, or each night before you go to sleep.
Be mindful of setting yourself up for success by not falling into the overly ambitious New Year’s Resolution Syndrome which can sound like, “I’m going to lose weight and exercise daily.” Instead, focus on being more loving to yourself from the inside out. By focusing inward on your thoughts you address a deeper happiness that transcends your appearance and goes to the core of your essence; you are a human being deserving of love, from yourself and others.
I hope you’ll use the 5-Step process during the rest of these days in January and let us know what you notice.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet 31-day writing 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.