The temptation is always too strong. Often, we are overwhelmed with the motions of daily life and talking to ourselves often gives us the escape that we need from reality.
From thoughts we cannot share, to things we just cannot understand, we can talk about almost everything in our head. The total absence of audience lures almost each one of us into the self-talk in which we need.
I used to think that self-talk was a bad thing until I started doing it. I realized that self-talk has the power to steer our mindsets and personalities in the direction we choose to. For example, if we are talking positive talk, then it can lead to a healthy mind and body that will impact our choices. On the other hand, if we are talking negative talk, then those things too will manifest. For example, you may begin to start seeing little things that snowball into a full blown disaster. So, be careful with what you tell yourself because the Universe does listen and will serve it to you 100-fold.
I want to share with you three key strategies that will help you keep your self-talk in check.
Strategy #1: Set Some Rules
I know that this sounds crazy, but you need to make sure that you write down your thoughts so that you can leave some room in your mind to focus on what you really want to do. If you are living in your mind, then you are not leaving space for action to take place. There will be thoughts that come up in your mind, but you have control on which thoughts that you will allow to enter and penetrate your mind. It is my hope that you will focus on the positive thoughts.
Strategy #2: Practice Distraction
Experts on human behavior show how people who indulge in constant negative self-talk end up with dangerously low levels of self-esteem, confidence and the overall zest for life. When you are learning how your thought process works, then you will need some time to spend with yourself in quiet time. You may not be used to this type of spiritual practice, but you can start out with 5-10 minutes per day and increase as you see fit. When I began prayer meditation, I started out with five minutes a day and increased each week and am now at a point where I could meditation for hours. It takes a lot of dedication and practice, but it can be done. There are so many forms of meditation that you can try, including a form of creative imagery, arts, and music.
Strategy #3: Get to Know Yourself
I know sometimes it is hard to look ourselves in the mirror because we feel like we do no wrong. I am the first to admit that I am not perfect. I see this on a daily basis because I make lots of mistakes and am proud of it. I am proud of it because it gives me a chance to learn new lessons and really look at life as a blessing. After all, sometimes you have to encourage yourself. As part of the process of getting to know yourself, you got to be honest with yourself about everything, including your strengths and weaknesses. If you are worried about your weaknesses, you can definitely maximize your strengths to shine. If you do that, then you will be winning!
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