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What You Think is What You Are: Feeding Your Subconscious Mind

The philosopher Jose Ortega y Gassett once wrote, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.”

The subconscious mind never stops working, never gets tired, and never says no to any input it receives from you. It believes everything it hears and trusts everything you say or feel. It even responds to your most innocent thoughts, especially those thoughts which are highly emotionalized with either faith or fear. It is even more susceptible to repetitive thoughts (Remember: “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.”)

Your mind cannot distinguish fact from desire. That’s why daily affirmations are so effective. Try these:

1) I can lose all the weight I want, and still keep my cherished values.

2) I now believe that weight loss = power = sexual energy = fear + guilt, BUT emotional health = weight loss = physical vitality.

When you say, “I care about myself, and I am becoming the person I was meant to be; I like what God has created, and I am a person who is losing weight permanently,” then a wonderful world of self-acceptance begins to unfold.

The book of ancient wisdom reminds us that as a person thinks in his heart, so he is.

That’s a very old saying, but no less true today than when it was written. Thank good thoughts of yourself. Never put yourself down. What you think, you are. Your subconscious hears it all and believes it all. Treat it with respect. It is one of the most important parts of something called you.

SOURCE: Chapter 4, “The Dance of Sex and Weight,” in Losing Weight Permanently: Secrets of the 2 Percent Club by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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