SO, I’m a car singer. It’s always been my place to experiment and warm up and let go. A couple weeks ago I was singing away and I hit a note weird and had this nasty thought about my voice and stopped singing. And to top it off, my brain finished the thought with, “I bet everyone things that about your voice and just doesn’t tell you.” WHAT FOUL WORDS!
I’ve been trying to be more mindful about my thoughts lately. And honestly, I don’t even think I would have picked up on this thought normally. It just so casually slipped out. Which was freaky, because it shows me just how normalized these thoughts are in my brain. How sick is that?
And then I thought to myself, “so, what IF everyone thought that? IF. Does that thought serve me? Does it help me sing better?” Absolutely not.
SO! I hit rewind on the song, said a few positive things to myself, and tried the note again. Nailed it. It was literally a 10 second thought reset that changed the rest of my day and stopped more long-lasting negative thoughts in their tracks.
Can you imagine the damage that negative thoughts like these could do as they play on repeat over and over again as you try a similar note? You will create your own mental blocks like, “well, I just can’t belt a D.” or “Oh, I am a terrible dancer.” Your brain will believe you, I promise.
Get rid of these thoughts. Do they serve you? Do they make you better? No? Then switch it up. Tell your brain a different story and you will get different results. So, how do you start resetting these thoughts?
Identify them. This is the trickiest part. I bet you are so accustomed to being your own worst enemy. And it makes you comfortable. Find them.
Say them outloud. You will be so surprised at how biting and petty your own mind can be-it will sound ridiculous. Or better yet, write them down. Cross the thought out. This will communicate to your brain that it is false and to disregard the thought.
Replace the thought with something positive about yourself.
Try, try again. Get back out there and prove to your brain that it’s wrong.
I challenge you to find just one negative thought you can reset today. Get out there, Foxy People!