Positive self-talk is essential to self-love and self-improvement. If you have a negative banter with yourself and with life in general, you will often draw negative things, events, and people into your life.
In fact, the way your treat yourself has a great significance on how you feel. Not to mention, recent research shows negative self-talk and thinking have an effect on every cell in your body.
A study done by the Royal Horticultural Society showed talking to your plants made them grow faster. (Source: The Spruce) Interesting that positive talk helps plants grow. Imagine what it can do for humans.
What is Positive Self-Talk?
Positive self-talk is the inner voice inside your head saying positive thoughts instead of negative, self-doubting thoughts.
Positive self-talk means telling yourself “great job”, feeling proud of yourself, and giving yourself grace in knowing we are all human and we all make mistakes. It also encompasses that our mistakes do not define us.
Using positive self-talk is life-changing and the beginning of a happier life.
Learn to See Yourself to be More Positive
First, think of yourself as a small child. Think of how you would want to be spoken to at that age. Think of the kindness and tenderness that a small child deserves. He or she deserved to be cherished.
Next, look in the mirror. Who do you see? If this is the first time you have thought about it? If so, it will take time to come up with a complete answer. However, it will make a difference when you start your negative thinking patterns. Your negative self-talk has a profound impact on self-worth and self-esteem. Know that you deserve more, especially from yourself.
When you look at yourself in a negative way, you are blocking the positive from shining through. You are also putting up a wall between you and others. In fact, you cannot become aware of yourself completely with a skewed view.
Yet, when you focus on the positive things about yourself and say positive mantras, you are going to start building a better picture of yourself. Although you may have faults, realize everyone does, not just you.
We are all human and no one is perfect. So don’t beat yourself up and be hard on yourself. When you can let go of the negativity you are opening up a space for the positive to flow.
Positive Self-Talk Helps You Build Confidence
If you are able to see yourself as a complete, whole individual you will boost your confidence. The reason for this is you will be able to focus on the wonderful aspects of your life instead of areas of improvement.
Try writing your best points into a list. Also, reflect on your list of often and remember times each positive aspect has helped you overcome obstacles in your life.
As you write your list, recall how each positive quality has helped you in your life.
Isn’t it amazing? If you have come this far by using your talents and skills, just think how far you can go in the future.
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Positive Self-Talk Helps You See a Positive Future
Trying to focus on your amazing qualities will set you up for future success. Are you a problem solver or a fast learner? Try to focus on your abilities to have a positive outlook on life.
Use your newly found confidence to stomp your inner critic and self-doubt. You are a unique, wonderful individual that has special talents no one else has.
When self-doubt creeps up, use your positive self-talk to kick it out. With all this positivity, there is literally no room for that! As your self-confidence grows, you will notice a change in your life. You will walk with your head held high and be ready for anything.
If there are still goals you have not accomplished, try making a vision board. Visualize your life as you want it to be and look at your vision board every morning and every night. If it is a new career you want or a dream house or vacation, add these pictures or words to your vision board. Use your long-term goals to create the life you want in your mind, and realize you can have everything you want in life along the way.
Positive Self-Talk Helps Reduce Stress
If you have been feeling stressed out lately, using positive self-talk can help calm and soothe you. Stress can leave you feeling physically and mentally ill, but you don’t have to feel this way, once you get your stress under control.
When you are feeling stressed and/or overwhelmed, try jotting down the things you want. Try adding some easier goals you can accomplish in the next few days. Once you get that sense of accomplishment, you will be more apt to keep going and working towards your goals. Set realistic goals and even if you don’t achieve your goals, celebrate your failures and use them as a learning experience.
Furthermore, you set goals and many do not. Hence showing you are already on the right path. Even if you fail, don’t’ worry. Keep trying and never give up on your dreams.
As you cross off a few of your smaller goals, your other goals will seem more attainable. Take it one step at a time and after some smaller successes return to your bigger goals and get busy.
Positive Self-Talk Helps Maintain Control Over Emotions
Learning to control your emotions is essential to having a positive, balanced life. Keep in mind, things will come up that will derail you from accomplishing your goals, but take things in stride and keep pushing through. Keep a positive mindset so you will not feel defeated.
Use positive self-talk and affirmations to keep a level head. Build your emotional resilience and you will find it is easier each time you become upset.
Allow yourself to process feelings and then release them. Give yourself time before you react to a situation.
Always keep in mind, you may have setbacks, but don’t beat yourself up. Give yourself grace for even trying to be a better version of yourself and use your positive self-talk to push through.
Positive Self-Talk Final Thoughts…
Using positive self-talk will help you push through the hard times in your life and also keep you moving towards reaching your goals. Learning to be positive will give you confidence and help you live your dream life. Also, it will give you better control over your emotions and help you to see all the positives about yourself. Use positive self-talk to live the life you always wanted and be happier.