Negative self talk can effect you both mentally and physically. It first effects you mentally then it effects you physically.It all starts in the mind. If we already have it in our mind, any negative thought, we have the choice whether or not we’re going to react to that thought.
An example of how negative talk can eventually effect you physically happened to me the other day. I took my road test to get my full license. I found myself speaking out loud “I don’t think I got this yet” a few times and because I allowed that negative talk to come out I went in not as confident and I didn’t end up getting it.
Next time I go in, I’m going in with a “I will” attitude. If I decide to change my negative thinking and speak out the positives I will pass!
I find the more I focus on the negative thoughts the harder it is to move forward.
One of the most common effects negative self talk has on our bodies is anxiety. For example: if we say on a regular basis things like, “I probably won’t be able to get to sleep tonight, my mind is always running, I probably won’t get that promotion, it’s a little more advanced for me or I took my drivers test and I failed, I don’t know if I’ll go back and take it again.” After saying things like that over time we can create anxiety because we’re constantly replaying those feelings in our mind or even saying them out loud.
I want to challenge you today. Next time if you find yourself speaking out negative self talk start speaking out positive things. Instead of saying “I probably won’t get that promotion because it seems a little advanced for me.” Say: “I’m confident I will get this promotion and I’ll give it the best I’ve got!” I believe you will find yourself succeeding in many areas of your life!
Krystyn Slauenwhite works within her family business Sojourn Signs in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Some of her passions include writing, working with kids, being with family and friends and traveling. She is continuing to further her interest in the business world.
2 thoughts on “Overcoming Negative Self Talk”
Thank you for this post. I read somewhere (psychology today, maybe?) not too long ago that the way we phrase the talk in question also matters. That it is better, for example, to use the third person (as in “Penelope, you can do this!!”) than the first.
I agree! A positive attitude and confidence are key. We got this!! 🙂