You may or may not be looking for a way to improve your mental state. Which may or may not be why you found this blog. You may just be unlucky, a casualty of the not-so-omniscient algorithm. You may not be happy about that right about now. Either way, it has sent you to me. There is no “may or may not” about that.
In this journey towards self-improvement (which you may or may not be on), you may or may not have heard of the 55×5 method.
I’ll stop now. I promise.
If you haven’t heard of the 55×5 method, allow me to enlighten you on a mindset tool that has really helped me and…will probably help you.
(I wanted to say “may or may not” again, but I resisted.)
What is the 55×5 method?
For 5 days, you write a phrase 55 times in your journal. That’s the basic idea. At the end of 5 days, if it feels real enough, I move on to another phrase. If it doesn’t feel real yet, I go another round with the same phrase. I do this until I start to dream the phrase, or wake up thinking about it in a positive light.
Obviously, the more specific the phrase is to you, the better! But here are a few general phrases that I have used and found to be helpful.
- The future looks bright.
- I come up with great ideas every day.
- I have a powerful mind, an iron will and the heart of a lion.
- I use my time wisely.
- If I can be consistent in one area of life, I can be in others.
- I am impressed by other people.
- I have everything I need to succeed.
- The only difference between me and them is mindset and dedication.
- Consistent effort compounds over time.
- I was made to thrive.
If the phrases at first feel absurd or too distant, fear not! While you are trying to rewrite the lies in your head, they will feel truer than reality: That’s the whole point! Lying to yourself that you feel good when you feel bad, or saying you believe something when you don’t is not helpful. Fortunately, I have a tool for you. It’s been recommended in several videos and articles I’ve read.
All you have to do is find the next-truest phrase you can get behind wholeheartedly!
Use the word “beginning.”
The phrases then become:
- The future is beginning to look bright.
- I am beginning to come up with great ideas every day.
- I am beginning to develop a powerful mind, an iron will and the heart of a lion.
- I am beginning to use my time wisely.
- If I am beginning to develop consistency in one area of life, I can do the same in others.
- I am beginning to be impressed by other people.
- I am beginning to believe that I everything I need to succeed.
- I am beginning to believe that the only difference between me and them is mindset and dedication.
- I am beginning to believe that consistent effort compounds over time.
- I am beginning to believe that I was made to thrive.
Once you address your mind and heart’s natural objections to the truthfulness of the statements, it’s only a matter of time before you are writing out the first list and not hesitating when you do it!
And there you have it! A simple, no-nonsense explanation of the 55×5 method of rewriting your internal dialogue and addressing lies specific to you. I do love learning about these kinds of modalities, so if you feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear what you guys use to rewrite internal scripts!