Self-talk: An Important Conversation
The voice in our head, and what it says, is something we should be paying attention to, especially as people who want to improve and get better each day. I’m sure you have heard the saying “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Don’t let this be a cliche—learn from it and admit the power our thoughts have. When we approach something negatively, or have self-talk that is centered on our limits or our deficiencies, we are much less likely to succeed at it. (And you’re much less likely to enjoy it as well.) Our self-talk should be positive, uplifting, confidence-building, and kind!
Think for a moment about how you talk to yourself. Is it productive to your work? Does it help you focus on the next right thing? It is in line with how you would treat someone you loved? Does it convey belief and confidence? Are you kind enough to yourself in your own head?
Try this: The next time you are in a challenging or uncomfortable situation/activity, pay attention to your self talk. Immediately and consciously add positive affirmations to this voice. See if it makes a difference for you! (Ideas for positive affirmations: I can do this, I’m fearless, happiness is up to me, I am confident, I am comfortable in my skin, I am enough.)
Athletes-> self-talk is paramount for building your confidence and attacking challenges without fear of failure! Pay attention and take control of your thoughts!
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