What is Positive Self-Talk?

Positive self-talk is just as it says. It is talking positively to yourself. This can be done aloud or in your head. Positive self talk is what we do when we are building ourselves up and when we are practicing positive self affirmations.

Here are a few examples of what positive self talk looks like

  • I can…
  • I will…
  • I am…

Here are a few examples of negative self-talk

  • I can’t…
  • I won’t…
  • I’m afraid…

The trick to positive self talk

positive self talk

The trick here is to focus on the positive and remind ourselves of those positive things. We do this by talking to ourselves and reminding ourselves of what we can do, what we will do, and exactly who we are.

Leave out the thoughts of what you can’t do, what you won’t do, or what you are afraid of. It has no power if we don’t focus on it. So, leave it alone. Think of the positives.

You can get better at keeping positive by reciting positive self affirmations. If you are spending time constructing the perfect positive affirmation, then you are spending more time telling yourself positive things and less time telling yourself, or reminding yourself, of the negatives. 

Did you know that when we think of something our brains are emitting the same chemical it would emit if we were actually experiencing it? That a mere negative thought can raise our heart rate? Why then, would we spend another minute on a negative thought?

How do we overcome this negativity?

The positive talk is good, but you need to take action. If you think you can’t do something, do it anyway. If you think you won’t be able to do something, do it anyway. If you are afraid of something, do it anyway. Prove yourself wrong. That will shut out that negativity

Use that positive self-talk and tell yourself, “yes I can.” Then just do it.

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