Most people in life are in a state of constant mental chatter. We talk to ourselves, in our heads all day long and, unfortunately, this self talk is most of the time negative. Often it is tainted with guilt about our past or anxiety about our future. The problem with this is that this negativity can destroy any seed of hope that we may otherwise have in striving for our dreams.
Positive self-talk means purposely giving yourself positive reinforcement, motivation, and recognition- just as you would do for a friend. Congratulate yourself when you do well, and remind yourself of your abilities, accomplishments, strengths and skills. Keep a to-do list, check off accomplishments, and review your progress periodically.
Make self-talk work for you. What you habitually say to yourself has a very profound impact on your self-image, your self-esteem, and your performance as well as eventual success.
Your subconscious mind triggers physiological responses to match the pictures and thoughts that you have of yourself to make them happen. Make this work for you by keeping your self-talk positive.
For example say to yourself either â€œ Although I didn’t reach my end goal I am close to it than beforeÂ â€œ or â€œ I did a good job of not spending too much money on that gift for my friend, even though I didn’t get them what I wanted to get themâ€œ.
Stop negative self-talk. You may well be quick to nag yourself because your mother wanted you to be more than perfect. However, negative self talk can be damaging because your subconscious believes what you say to yourself when you repeat that negative talk in your mind over and over.
How is your subconscious to know otherwise? If you catch yourself using negative self-talk, stop and rephrase. Eliminate the negative words. Focus instead on the best course you can take and do it.
Make positive communications a habit. Focus on the positive in goal statements, self-talk, and all communications. Compare the following phrases, and notice how the positive words convey confidence, commitment, and enthusiasm.
For example instead of â€œI will tryâ€ substitute the phrase â€œI will â€œ. Instead of saying to yourself â€œI should do â€œinsert the phrase â€œI will do â€œ. Try saying â€œ I want to â€œ or â€œ I choose toâ€ instead of the more common â€œI must â€œ.
Focus with affirmation statements. Affirmative statements are positive self-statements or reminders to help you achieve goals. They are positive messages with a punch; â€œmental bumper stickersâ€ of sorts to motivate your subconscious mind to work for you.
Here are 6 steps to help you to use the powerful tool of affirmative statements as a vital thought renewing process:
1) Make the statements personal to yourself. Not arbitrary or generic. Use the phrase â€œIâ€, your own name, or you. After all renewing your mind is all about you and not others.
2) Keep affirmations short. How can you use the affirmations if you cannot remember them?
3) Phrase your affirmations positively. The mind accepts as truth the words that you give it. Use positive words only as affirmations. Leave out any negative words. For example instead of saying â€œI will not be nervous during my interview for this new job â€œ. you should rather say â€œI will be calm and self-assured during my interviewâ€
4) Include a positive emotion. A phrase that triggers a positive emotion strengthens the affirmation. For example â€œMy goals are valuable and it excites me!â€
5) Phrase affirmations as fact. Phrase a goal as though it is happening even if you have not achieved it yet. Your subconscious believes mental messages and works to make them a reality.
6) Say your affirmation at least 6 times a day. Repetition is life. Repetition enhances self-confidence, acts as a reminder, and stimulates your subconscious to help you achieve your goals in life.
It cannot be overstated the impact that positive self talk and affirmative statements can have on the quality of your life. They willÂ help you get closer towards the vital goals that you have identified in your life. Remember that without goals even if you work hard you are like a ship without a rudder.
These powerful tools of positive self talk and positive affirmations can more than help speed you along to your chosen goals.
I believe in you!
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