The conversation was about childbirth. I was describing the experience of giving birth to my first child. It wasn't a particular positive experience for me and I remember clearly saying in my head to myself as I was jogging along "I was so scared", recalling the experience. At that exact moment, for no reason that I could explain I stopped running.
I wasn't tired, out of breath, in pain, but the power of that negative phrase quite literally stopped me in my tracks.
This led me to think about how powerful a negative inner voice can be and how mindful we have to be of it. It was also a powerful reminder of the importance of using our positive inner voice.
It's no secret I am a fan of positive affirmations, I love writing affirmations for all sorts of people and scenarios, I love sticking them round the house and keeping them in my purse, they help me to keep a positive inner voice.
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As for me and my thrice weekly jogs, I am focusing hard on positive thoughts to keep me running and I haven't stopped so far.