According to the book, behavioral researchers say that as much as 77% of what we tell ourselves is negative, counterproductive, and works against us. From my own personal experience, I would say that is pretty accurate. What are your thoughts on these numbers?
Now much of this programming has good intentions. After all, when you tell your child not to jump on the bed-you are really just trying to keep them safe. The thing is-this programming is everywhere. The news, the internet, advertising, etc. We don't even realize that we are being programmed. Our brain just hears these things and internalizes them. Helmstetter says repetition is very powerful and we eventually live out what we have created in our minds.
What are the negative things you tell yourself? Some of mine are "I'm being ridiculous", "I am not good at that", "I don't have time", "this is so hard".