When it comes right down to it, the only person who can motivate you is YOU. That’s why your self-talk plays such an important role in helping you boost confidence and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
Positive self-talk can be used as a motivational tool when you need to lift yourself up to accomplish something. It doesn’t matter how large or small your goal is. For example, it could be huge, like needing to motivate yourself to find a job, or it could be something as simple as needing motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Whatever it is, how you talk to yourself about it will play a large part in determining how successful you are.
Think of using motivational self-talk as your own inner cheerleader, pushing you from the inside to be your best, most confident self. The best example of this is when you give yourself a pep talk to boost your energy and your confidence. A good motivational talking-to can work wonders when it comes to helping you believe in yourself and your abilities.
Creating motivational self-talk is a lot like creating affirmations. There are a few rules you should follow to get the best results.
Choose words that have meaning for you.
There’s no right or wrong words when it comes to picking the ones you want to motivate yourself with. Of course, you’ll want them to be positive and have some meaning for you. You might want to tell yourself you’re a superhero, or remind yourself of how awesome you are. Those are great places to start.
Keep it simple.
One line statements, or even one word statements work best because they help you stay focused on what you’re trying to achieve.
A good example of this is the “word of the year” exercise that people do at the start of a new year. That one word can keep you focused and motivated for a whole year.
The other thing keeping it short and simple does is concentrates the energy in a smaller space. You can pack a lot of power into a simple statement like “I got this!” or “I’m amazing!”
For example, I’ve just started exercising regularly again after a long break. I’m trying to build up my stamina so my self-talk statement when I’m exercising is “One minute more.” It motivates me to push myself to go just one minute more each time, instead of stopping just because I’m tired or feeling sore.
There are seven rules in all for creating affirmations. You will find my complete list in >>> this post <<<.
Make motivational self-talk a habit.
Instead of dwelling on the negative thoughts that take up space in your head, make motivational, positive self-talk a habit. Practice every day telling yourself the good stuff and cheering yourself on with the affirmation statements you create.
Your self-talk influences what you believe about yourself and how you’ll behave in the future. Use it as a tool for motivation and make it work for your success!
What’s your favorite motivating self-talk statement? Share in the comments, if you dare!
This is Part 2 of a 5-part series on creating positive self-talk.
Part 1 – Four Tips for Creating Positive Self-Talk
Part 2 – Creating Positive Self-Talk as a Tool for Motivation (You are here)
Part 3 – How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Teach Yourself New Things
Part 4 – Talk Like You Like Yourself: Reflections on Positive Self-Talk and Self-Confidence
Part 5 – Using Positive Self-Talk to Achieve Your Goals