Self-talk… it can be positive, or it can be negative, but one thing’s for sure… that little voice in your head sure does love to talk. And unfortunately, unless you train it well, most of that self-talk is going to be negative. This is especially true when we’re working on making changes such as building our confidence and our courage.
So let’s talk a bit about self-talk and how you can use it to change the station, as it were. I recently wrote a 5-part series on dealing with self-talk, and will give you a summary of that here.
Part 1 – Four Tips for Creating Positive Self-Talk
In part 1, we dive right in and talk about 4 ways you can turn your negative self-talk into a more positive version. Tips include:
- Being more mindful of your thoughts
- Taking action instead of overthinking things
- Giving yourself a reality check
- Telling yourself new stories
Part 2 – Creating Positive Self-Talk as a tool for motivation
You can use positive self-talk to motivate you and boost your confidence, if you pay attention to these few rules:
- Choose words that have meaning for you
- Keep it simple
- Make using positive self-talk a habit
In the end, the only person who can motivate you is YOU, and that all starts with how you talk to yourself.
Part 3 – How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Teach Yourself New Things
We’ve talked several times throughout this challenge about learning new things as a way to boost your confidence. But, did you know that when you talk to yourself as you go through the learning process you actually learn faster and retain more?
In this article, you’ll learn my process for working through new things and you’ll learn a little more about me too as I relate a personal story about how I self-talk out loud (too often according to my son!)
Part 4 - Talk Like You Like Yourself: Reflections on Positive Self-Talk and Self-Confidence
Sometimes I think we don’t like ourselves very much. Especially when we start really paying attention to our self-talk and we realize just how negative we can be to ourselves.
But even though most of the time we do like ourselves just fine, we still tend to talk down to our own selves when we think we’re not being good enough. And this is what damages our self-confidence.
In this article, you’ll find my thoughts on how to practice the art of positive self-talk and how to make it a permanent part of your life.
Part 5 - Using Positive Self-Talk to Achieve Your Goals
Finally, in Part 5 of the series you’ll learn about using positive self-talk for more than just building up your confidence. You can use it to help you achieve your goals too. Although when you think about how everything comes full circle, achieving your goals will also help build your confidence.
Using positive self-talk is a great way to boost your confidence. The tips in this series will help you overcome the “negative Nellie” in your head and leave you feeling more positive, more in control, and more confident that you can achieve any goal you decide to set for yourself.