5 Reasons To Practice Positive Self-Talk

5 Reasons To Practice Positive Self-Talk
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Being aware of the way you talk to yourself is important since it affects the way you react to various situations in your life. This largely determines how your life turns out.

If you undermine yourself with negative self-talk, you will hold yourself back. Negative self-talk leads to feelings of fear and prevents you from reaching your full potential.

Positive self-talk, on the other hand, allows you to focus on the bright side of things. Instead of bashing yourself, you work on improving yourself and playing to your strengths.

You become more hopeful and rather than constantly worrying about what could go wrong, you focus on making the most of what you have in your current situation.

Here are 5 reasons to practice positive self-talk.

1. You become better at accepting compliments.

Many of us find it difficult to accept compliments because we tend to think we are unworthy and don't deserve the praise. We have a tendency to validate our perception of ourselves. 

So if you think you're not good enough, you will find it difficult to accept praise or compliments. Practicing positive self-talk helps you to counter that. 

Practicing positive self-talk involves appreciating your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. This allows you to develop a healthy sense of self-esteem. 

As a result, instead of negating compliments, you gracefully accept the compliments because they don't clash with your own perceptions about yourself. 

By regularly practicing positive self-talk, you become able to celebrate your achievements, acknowledge your strengths and feel motivated to perform even better. And, you're less likely to doubt the sincerity of the compliments you receive.

2. It becomes easier to overcome obstacles.

We all go through difficult situations and face many obstacles in our lives. Difficult situations can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. 

When you practice positive self-talk, you train your mind to focus on finding solutions rather than ruminating over your problems. 

A positive internal dialogue helps you to look at difficult situations and obstacles from a different perspective. Instead of being bogged down by obstacles, you reclaim your strength and figure out different ways of dealing with the situation in the best possible manner.

3. You become your biggest supporter.

Our internal dialogue tends to be especially negative when we make mistakes. We beat ourselves up and tell ourselves we're worthless and incompetent. Negative self-talk can cause you to obsess over your past mistakes.

However, if you use positive self-talk in such situations, such as, "I can become better by learning from my mistakes" and "I have become wiser", you can transform your mistakes into opportunities for growth.

No matter what you do or wherever you go, you will always have yourself. You must be your own cheerleader, support yourself and encourage yourself.

Positive internal dialogue helps you to accept your past and 
move forward in your journey.

4. You take advantage of the opportunities around you.

Your actions and behaviors are influenced by your thoughts and beliefs, which are affected by the way you talk to yourself.

If your internal dialogue is mostly negative, you will hesitate to take action and as a result, limit your potential. On the other hand, positive self-talk allows you to strengthen your positive beliefs and you feel motivated to take the right action. 

Telling yourself "I'm not good enough" or "I'm not smart enough" is going to stop you from even trying and improving yourself. Statements such as "I'm excited to learn new ideas" or "I'm confident I'll complete this task successfully" will help you to make the most of the valuable opportunities in life.

5. You become more confident.

When you replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk, you're more likely to take risks and do things outside your comfort zone.

For example, if you tell yourself, "I have what it takes to achieve this goal", you increase your chances of achieving success. 

You're more likely to put in the effort to improve yourself, instead of dwelling on your shortcomings.

In what ways do you think negative self-talk affects an individual? What can a person do to replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk?

Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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  1. I love number 4!! I think that is the most important one for me. I know that I have both strengths and weaknesses, and I often allow my weaknesses to prevent me from trying something new, or from training my brain to accomplish a task that is difficult for me. My personal belief is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Thank you, as always, for an inspiring blog post!

    1. True, ultimately we have to decide what's best for us. Thank you so much for commenting, Rebecca! It's nice to hear from you:)


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