If you’ve ever been diagnosed with something, been told you have XYZ problem, issue, disorder, genetic predisposition for… whatever it is, you need to know this…
For me it was when I was told I had rheumatoid arthritis.
I didn’t even know what that was… it was more the fact of being labeled with a disease.
That something was irreversibly (so they said) wrong with me.
The weight of it. The finality of it. Was like a sentence.
Suddenly everything was different.
Only because a doctor had uttered those four words.
In reality though, nothing had changed —
Except how I started thinking about myself.
It wasn’t until years later I learned how powerful that change in thought really was.
How damning the repetition of those four words, a seemingly simple phrase over and over could be.
How the body is constantly listening to our thoughts, our words. And every time I said or even thought those words, it reinforced the message —
“I have rheumatoid arthritis.”
So I stopped and now I say this instead:
“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.”
It’s subtle, right?
It says I don’t own it and it doesn’t own me.
This diagnosis is not part of who I am.
Because it’s true…
It’s just a diagnosis — a name designated to classify a particular set of symptoms.
It doesn’t tell you anything about what’s actually going on and creating those symptoms.
It says NOTHING about you at all!
You are not those symptoms.
You are not that diagnosis.
You don’t own it.
And it doesn’t own you.
The more you retrain your brain and mouth to think/say this instead, the looser and lighter it all starts to feel.
The power of words and thoughts… it’s really incredible.
Give it a try and let me know how it feels.