It's all in your head
This article is designed to help you quickly leap forward to success on your plant-based journey by changing the way that you talk to yourself. I know how important this awareness of self-talk was in my own journey, and I want to share my hard-won personal experience of success with you.
What I’m talking about are those habitual questions that you ask yourself, inside your head, that can tend to make you feel stuck or even full-on doubt that you're cut out for plant-based living.
The crazy thing is that you likely don’t even know you’re doing it! But if you feel discouraged by your lack of success and are feeling like you’re “not enough” in this plant-based journey (or in your life), you’re probably falling victim to this self-defeating and all-too-common tendency.
Have you guessed it, yet? What it this culprit that most people will quickly recognize: It’s DOUBT! You know, those doubting questions that buzz and swirl around your head about your ability to make the switch to a plant-based diet. These doubt-filled questions often start with, “What if I can’t succeed …?” or “How will I possibly be able to do this …?” Are these sounding familiar yet?
The questions we ask ourselves on a moment-to-moment basis determine what we focus on. What we focus on, in turn, determines how we feel. How we feel determines what we do, and most important – what we do determines our level of success. Once we understand how this process works, we can take action to turn things around for ourselves and finding the success we long for.
You’ve simply got to get into the habit of asking yourself better, smarter and more strategic questions on a consistent basis.
If you make even some minor adjustments to your attitudes and habits after reading this article and turn your patterns of doubt into a habit of positivity and confidence, I guarantee that before you know it you’ll have a completely different diet and, yes, a completely different and more successful life. It doesn’t take much – a little positivity goes a long way to success.
It’s time to find some ways around doubt
To help you make this change, I’m discussing five of these doubting questions—the kind that can make your heart sink. Together, we’ll turn these low self-esteem questions around into healthy questions that will lead you down the road to bigger, better results and success.
Then, if you’re ready, you can print out my cheat sheet and keep it right in front of you in case you go down that negative road again. It’ll be there to get you going in the right direction again. And, you can fill in your very own doubting questions and replace them with questions that will positively spur you on.
Before I move on to those, sign up to receive my weekly newsletter and received this free bonus printable cheat sheet and keep it right in front of you in case you go down that negative road again. It’ll be there to get you going in the right direction again. And, you can fill in your very own doubting questions and replace them with questions that will positively spur you on.
Here are the five questions we’re “making over” –
DOUBTING QUESTION #1:
What if I can’t figure out how to make well-balanced, nutritious, delicious meals?
TURN IT AROUND: POSITIVE QUESTIONS #1:
What if I can easily learn to prepare amazing plant-based meals for myself and my family? What if I really am teachable, no matter how old I am and no matter how long I’ve been eating unhealthfully? What if I can actually make this work over the long haul? I’ve got some great articles that can help you with this, starting with “Beginner’s Guide to Easy Plant-Based Meal Planning,” as well as “Meal Planning Myths and How to Avoid Them” and “Plant-Based Meal Prep for Busy People: 5 Tips to Keep You Cooking.”
DOUBTING QUESTION #2:
What if it’s just too hard to go plant-based?
TURN IT AROUND: POSITIVE QUESTIONS #2:
What if going plant-based is totally doable? What if I’m making a mountain out of a molehill and my mind is totally exaggerating how much effort this is going to take, just because it’s unfamiliar? Be sure to check out my helpful starter articles, “Getting Started on a Plant-Based Diet: 12 Tips” and “Readers’ Plant-Based Questions Answered.”
DOUBTING QUESTION #3:
What if I don’t lose weight?
TURN IT AROUND: POSITIVE QUESTIONS #3
What if going plant-based works for my healthy weight loss just like it has led to healthy weight loss for so many others? In fact, what if it’s just the thing? What if I’m actually no different from these ordinary plant-based folks who’ve successfully achieved their weight loss goals? You might want to check out this article for help with tendencies to overeat or snack excessively: “Fight Sugar Cravings with Plant-Based Nutrition.”
DOUBTING QUESTIONS #4:
What if I can’t afford to go plant-based? What if it just plain costs too much? What if it’s going to blow my budget?
TURN IT AROUND: POSITIVE QUESTIONS #4
What if cooking my own freshly-made meals at home from whole food ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legume is utterly economical and might even lower my food costs instead of raising them? For help with affordable plant-based eating be sure to refer to my article, “How to Save Money on a Plant-Based Vegan Diet.”
DOUBTING QUESTION #5:
What if I don’t get the right nutrition?
TURNING IT AROUND: POSITIVE QUESTIONS #5
What if a whole food plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat? What if it’s actually hard to go wrong on such the diet that our human bodies were designed to follow?
Let’s get rid of those limiting beliefs and that negative self-talk that’s been holding you back. Those days are over! It’s time to get inspired and raise your health game going forward – and for good. I promise you, if I can do it, so can you! I had just as much doubt as you do, perhaps even more, and I’m happy to say that with persistence and a few “attitude adjustments” I have turned my diet, my health, and, yes, my life around. What are you waiting for?
What questions are swirling around in your head about eating a plant-based diet?