By Todd Smith via   Article

The Power of Self-Talk

“Guess who’s the number one person you communicate with on a daily basis? It’s you! Our internal conversations characterize how we view the world and influence
every part of our lives- relationships, achievements, attitude and ultimately our degree of happiness. If this internal dialogue focuses on your faults, mistakes, weaknesses, insecurities, fears or other negative things, it will be virtually impossible to feel good about yourself and advance your life forward. Furthermore negative thinking can have a detrimental effect on your health and overall quality of life. If on the other hand your self-talk concentrates on your strengths, blessings, successes, opportunities and other positive thoughts, you will feel great about yourself. You’ll enhance your ability to overcome obstacles and as a whole your life will become more enjoyable and fulfilling. …

Take Control of Your Thinking If you catch yourself thinking negatively, you can stop your thought process mid-stream by literally saying to yourself ‘STOP!’ Saying this aloud will be powerful and will make you more aware of the frequency and circumstances of these negative internal conversations. Another trick is to walk around with a rubber band around your wrist. As you notice negative self-talk, pull the band away and let it snap back. It’ll hurt a little and serve as a slightly negative consequence that will both make you more aware of your thoughts and help put a stop to them!”


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