Several, seemingly unrelated events conspired to inspire this latest blog. About eight months back, I listened to the audiobook the Power of Habit while doing my Saturday long walk. I mentioned this book in previous blogs that you find here. Fat to Fit Again! The Power of Habit
In the book, the author provides insights on how to change habits in individuals, companies and lastly cultures. After hearing the last part on cultures, I had an inspiration about how we all can change our current social media culture. Immediately upon returning home, I got the idea “Let’s make Kindness viral! Let’s infect the culture with love! Think before you speak or write! Click like for love. Hide posts that discourage.”
So immediately upon coming home, I started clicking like on every inspirational quote I could find in Facebook. Also, I wrote a whole bunch and joined inspirational Facebook pages such as Spreading Positivity. Over the next few weeks, I kept it up until my Facebook feed was flooded with positive messages! You really can make the algorithm work for you! And if enough of us do it, like the Ice bucket challenge did to raise money for a worthy cause, we can collectively help change the culture from one of sarcasm and discord to kindness and positivity.
So, Saturday, because of my positive Facebook feed, I received the following image related to an acronym on thoughtful communication – THINK. In addition, our Saturday Weight Watcher’s class was on self-kindness. Lastly, Facebook declared Saturday “Pay it Forward” day asking us to show random acts of kindness. All three of these together, made me think that I should explain how I used the THINK acronym to help guide both my external dialogue but more importantly my internal one.
By using the THINK process, you can shape the running dialogue in your mind to inspire self-kindness and in so doing drive weight loss.
So, let’s impact the acronym with some examples.
- T – Is It Truthful? Here is one of the thoughts that ran though my head when I was 358 lbs. “I do not have any will power and I am too tired to break out of this rut!” That statement was not truthful and on second thought I realized it. I had jumped out of planes at Airborne school and passed the tough discipline of the black hats. Heck, I even passed West Point’s Indoor Obstacle course despite not having natural coordination and brought to successful closure many projects both in school, the Army, and my current employment. I definitely had the will power so it was not a truthful statement. And by dwelling on it, I had gone away from the truth – I was depressed, had a medical condition, and was overworked/overstressed. If you focus on falsehood, instead of the truth, you attack yourself, others, and the wrong problem.
- H – Is it Helpful? Do not dwell on the mistakes of the past. It is not helpful to dwell on the Quarter Pounder that you just ate. Instead, it is helpful to think about what triggered the momentary lapse (or not if you planned it as a treat) and plan on how you will do better.
- I – Is it Inspiring? I cannot tell you how much reading inspiring books and quotes have changed my inner dialogue and fashioned my outer dialogue. Don’t preach to the choir, Be Inspired both when you communicate to yourself and others!
- N – Is it Needed? Both in our inner and outer dialogue, too many random, negative thoughts clutter the message: Each day I am getting healthier and happier! Do not cloud your thoughts with unneeded worries or fears, focus on what’s now and needed!
- K – Is it Kind? This is the most important part of the acronym, Be conspicuously kind to yourself and others. A kind act to yourself will allow you to drive to greater health when you have a momentary setback. Being kind to others will have a double whammy. It will bring you joy, lower stress. But more importantly, it will bring joy to others. Above all else – Mentor do not mangle!
So, there you have it! THINK your way to weight loss and health! THINK yourself to a new you and a new society!
I want to close with a quick end-note. Most of my blog ideas come from Saturday morning walks from 5 – 7:30 AM while listening to audiobooks or podcasts. If you are ever at Austin North Lifetime Fitness, you will see me on the treadmill lost in thought walking and listening to my iPhone. Then all of sudden you will see me talk to Siri and say take Note and ask her to transcribe a blog idea. It often gives the person on the treadmill near me a shock to hear a guy suddenly talk to his phone out of the blue. It doesn’t help that Siri sometimes mangles my most profound thoughts! Example: “Sheer was not taken away, Kurt was given” for an upcoming blog called “Fear was not taken away, Courage was Given”. (Siri really needs a grammar checker!).