Do you ever have the feeling that you talk yourself out of success? As soon as you begin to see your goals clearly, do you feel suddenly as though you are just not up to the task? If you have ever experienced this feeling, then you need to do some serious work on your inner dialog, your self-talk. Instead of listening to the urgings of the your negative commands, you need to begin to use positive self-talk to counter the negativity and overcome your anxious thoughts.
Set Goals and Stick to Them with Positive Self-Talk
Is your initial enthusiasm often overwhelmed by feelings of self-doubt and self-defeating thoughts that halt you in your tracks before you even get started well? It is frustrating and discouraging to have these thoughts constantly pulling at you. Many people do not even realize they have them! All we can see is that we do not have the confidence to stick to our plans and follow through to reach our ultimate goals.
Positive self-talk is an effective way to set goals and ensure that you stick with your plans, even if you have never been able to do so before. The way it works is that you decide exactly what goal is important to you, and then you plan the logistics, map out the steps, to attain your goal. When self-doubt starts cranking up, you will then be able to respond with affirmations that will lead you to success without succumbing to negative pressures. You are no quitter and you are certainly not a failure, so you need to seriously start believing in yourself!
Change Your Programming
Affirmations are positive statements that help you re-program your inner dialog for the positive. The moment you begin to have a self-defeating thought you will be able to counter the negative with a positively motivating statement. An example of a positive affirmation may be something like, “I am worthy of great success,” or “I see myself in the winner’s circle.” What this does is replace the impending negativity with thoughts that will help you move toward your goals rather than pushing you further away from them.
Positive self-talk is not difficult to implement. You may not be aware of the severity of your negative dialog but, once you begin to actively change over to positive self-talk, you will suddenly realize that you have been chronically self-sabotaging the very goals that you have set for yourself from the moment you made them. This process can open your eyes to exactly how much this inner conversation has been interfering with your life. You will begin to feel more hopeful that you can now set goals and surpass them.
Through positive self-talk you will be able to easily set long and short-term goals for yourself. And when you use your affirmations, you will have instant access to the tools that will help you push yourself further than ever before. Learning to quiet the internal negativity with positive thoughts is a great move toward setting and attaining future goals with ease.
I have used affirmations, mantras and prayers since I was a preteen. I have always found them useful for focusing my attention and calming my heart (my anxieties).
I have my current affirmations taped to my bathroom mirror and plastered on the walls in my study.
Tomorrow we will talk about how to construct your own personal affirmations.
Today I will take an inventory of myself and I will list the things about me that I love. I acknowledge my accomplishments and my traits that I enjoy. I give myself credit for being a strong, intelligent and caring person who is worthy of a healthy body and mind.
1. What do I love about myself?
2. What accomplishments am I most proud of?