Hear that little nagging voice inside your head? No, you’re not crazy. That’s just your inner voice: the commentator in your head that can either be your biggest fan or your worst enemy.
Learn how self-talking can make that voice take a turn for the positive.
What is Self Talking?
Self-talking is the act of talking to yourself, either mentally or aloud. Good or bad, these are the messages that you’re telling yourself all day long. These messages can encourage and motivate you, or their negativity can limit you. You decide.
Our thoughts inspire our actions. If we can change the way we think, we can begin to change the actions we take. Practicing positive self-talking can help set us in motion towards a more rewarding path.
How to Start Self Talking
If you’re unsure how to start self-talking, begin by observing how easy it is for your mind to build up negative perception after negative perception. Your inner voice can quickly trap you in negativity. To make a change to positive thinking, you must be acutely aware of the thoughts that are running through your mind.
Then, you get on track to stop them.
1. Become Aware
It’s challenging to practice positive self-talk if you’re always putting yourself down. When you find yourself saying something negative, whether mentally or verbally, put a pause to it. Choose a stop word, such as cancel, pause, or stop, and mentally or verbally chant it until negative thoughts fade away.
2. Cut Negative Assumptions
How often do you tell yourself, “I can’t?” When you say, “I can’t” or “it’s too hard,” you’re creating a mental resistance. This type of mental block can prevent you from achieving a task you could have otherwise succeeded at. When you catch yourself saying, “I can’t…” flip the conversation to say, “Why can’t I?”
3. State Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements of a desired outcome or goal. Keep them short, believable, and focused:
- “I am worth it.”
- “I can do this.”
- “Today is going to be a really good day.”
Repeating affirmations build inroads into your subconscious mind, opening up the possibility of a new state of more positive thoughts.
4. Confront Fear
Fear is the biggest factor in holding you back from success. You can be scared of taking new chances because you fear losing security, you could be worried about rejection, or even failure.
Ask yourself what it is that you are afraid of. What’s the worst that can happen? When you confront your fears, you’ll realize that in most cases, even the worst-case scenario is not as bad as you think.
5. Treat Yourself Like a Friend
Negative self-talk will only hold you back. Speak compassionately and kindly to yourself, the same way you would to your friend. Trust us. You deserve it.
You’re stuck with your inner voice – focus on building a healthy, positive relationship with it.