Lately, I’ve found myself saying, “I’m tired” a lot.

On the surface, it seems like a reasonable statement to make.  After all, I have three young, energetic kids, a full-time job, a part-time business and this blog that takes up a lot of my time.

But every time I say, “I’m tired” something happens.

My shoulders slump a little bit and my energy levels seem to drop.

“I’m tired.”

All of a sudden I have an excuse not to do my best work.

“I’m tired.”

And I start to dread the next task or client.

“I’m tired.”

And now I’m more irritable and impatient too.

“I’m tired.”

It may be true, but it’s not helpful.

In situations like this something has to change.  But I love my kids, am passionate about what I do and don’t intend to stop writing any time soon, so I need to change my self-talk instead.

There are a few other statements that I should be making that are a lot more resourceful.

How about, “I can’t wait for my next client.”

Or perhaps, “My kids are only young once, I had better enjoy them while I can.”

Or maybe even, “I chose this life, I also choose to be happy.”

I could try, “I’m so excited about this idea, I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Alternatively, I could go with, “I’m the luckiest man in the world, with a brilliant family and amazing opportunities to use my skills to make a difference in people’s lives.  Let’s go!”

These kinds of positive statements put me in a much more energised state.  One that enables me to do more and increase the impact of my work.

And I feel less tired when I use them as well.

There are statements that I can make to myself that can drain my energy.

And there are statements that can keep me motivated, optimistic and resourceful.

They’re not things that others say to me, they’re the things that I repeatedly tell myself and they make a massive difference.

Paul J. Meyer once said, “Your mind believes what you tell it.”

What messages are you telling yourself?

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