“I’m tired,” + “I don’t feel well” = fatigue

Last week I saw this twitter update  and it really got me thinking. How often do I say “I’m tired?” Truth be told, TOO MUCH! I use “I’m too tired” when I am resisting something I need to do, especially when that something is creative. I also use it when the thing I need to do seems too big or daunting.

Does what we say to ourselves really play a role in or health and how we feel? Most of us believe that what we say to others matter, right? We can empower or bring others down by our words and our tonality. Wouldn’t that also stand true with the words we say internally to ourselves? How about if we say the same words or phrases over and over again? We know telling a child she is dumb conditions a child to grow up  not believing in herself. How about the words you say to yourself? Do you have a spell you put on  yourself everyday that helps determine how you feel? Most of us do. How do we break the spell? And is it as easy as just  not saying it?

Maybe it would be naive to say that if we just stop saying we feel bad or that we are tired it will go away. At the same time, I am wondering if there was ever a time you were physically exhausted and engaged 100% in doing something you just loved? In those moments did you feel tired? Or did the time just fly by?

What does all this mean? What I have found that my MINDSET-whatever I am focusing on +  LANGUAGE I use +  how I use my BODY =  HOW I FEEL.

I would love to share with you a strategy I use to move past “I’m too tired.”

  1. Think of  a specific time you use “I’m too tired.”  What are the patterns or triggers that have “I’m too tired” come up?
  2. Notice what are you resisting when you feel tired.
  3. Ask: How do you want to feel right now? What is my outcome? Why is this important to me?
  4. What do I need to focus on right now to feel this way?
  5. What do I need to say to myself right now?
  6. How do I need to stand? move? breath? and use my body right now to feel this way?
  7. What action can I take right now to move me closer to what I want?

Bonus: What would happen if you just took “I’m too tired” out of your vocabulary? Challenge: Take it out for the next week and watch to see the change!

Please leave a comment or a question. I would love to hear from you.


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3 Responses to ““I’m tired,” + “I don’t feel well” = fatigue”

  1. Dawn MacLeod May 24, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Great perspective! Love the insight to shift ones mindset.

    • Jayne May 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks Dawn, I would love to hear what you think after you try the strategy :)

  2. tani May 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Such a great reminder! ;)

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