I would imagine there are some who consider that “think” and “believe” are basically synonyms, and although they are close, there is a nuanced difference; that being the degree of certainty of the truth of whatever it is you think or believe. “Think” is much more casual than “believe” and does not require as much depth of feeling.
One can think something and change your mind quickly, upon review, especially if you are shown facts to the contrary. Believing something is much more ingrained, and less apt to be reconsidered, sometimes even when shown a logical reason to do so.
“Don’t believe everything you think” is one of my (many) favorite sayings! And it is very good advice.
Take, for example, my thought that I was not accomplishing enough. I thought it, and when evidence to the contrary was produced (from many different sources!) I was able to mull it over and
change my mind regain my senses. Had I BELIEVED it, that change in position would not have come so quickly, if at all.
Thank goodness, today I woke with a whole new attitude, ready to take on the world. I pared down my to do list into a manageable number of items (no point in sabotaging myself!) putting the remaining tasks on a “to do later” list – so as not to forget, but get them out of the forefront of my mind for the moment.
As of this writing, they still aren’t completely done, but I’m close, and the night is still young (ish!) But I’m okay with that. It was not a sissy list (just not as overwhelming as my usual lists!) and I feel good about where I am.
So, one day does not a complete turnaround make, but it’s an improvement, and for now that’s enough. I am trying to take your advice and be kind to myself. I am whispering sweet nothings into my ears, patting myself on the back, and voicing admiration for my perseverance. I am giving myself props for every small task completed, and taking moments throughout the day to do something I WANT to do, not just the need to do things. Thankfully, I don’t believe everything I think!
Again I need to thank you for having my back when I didn’t. I owe ya one (or two!)