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How To Use Self-talk To Boost Your Positive Thinking

Feb 2, 2008
Positive thinking refers to a person's confidence in his actions, beliefs, and competencies. Having positive thinking is the key towards a successful and fulfilling life.

Self-talk can either be detrimental or beneficial to your thinking. The aim here is to strive towards a more beneficial self talk. Self Talk can be described as that little voice inside your head that talks to you. This inner voice usually gives praise of your actions and deeds, critiques or comments.

When building a positive thinking attitude, there are different views regarding positive thinking and self-talk. Some people may relate self-talk to the barriers towards attaining true confidence in yourself. This can be true in the cases of people who don't try to take the pessimism out of their thinking patterns.

Most psychologists would agree that self-talk is an important tool in the development of positive thinking. The inner voice is seen as a teacher, mentor, and a friend. Self-talk has been used by successful people in their careers in fields such as show business, business endeavors and sport.

Here are some few tips on how to use self-talk towards developing positive thinking:

1) Listen to your inner voice. This is the first step in making good use of self-talk. Identify the inner voice in your head and listen to what it is saying.

2) Assess your thoughts. How have you responded to these thoughts in the past? What are the thoughts saying? What have these kinds of thoughts made out of me throughout the years? What attitude towards oneself is being stated by these thoughts?

A person may think that his negative thoughts are empowering and that these things give the much-needed push to attain your goals. Negative comments and thoughts can be useful in the short run. Another important aspect to assess is the way a person reacts to the thoughts that are being said by his inner voice. However, they do more damage than good in the long run.

When a person goes down, the inner voice would say "stand up, you can do it!" rather than "stay down before you hurt yourself again!" Viewing your life in a positive light is the sure way towards having a positive thinking.

The general tone of your inner voice is as important. Replace negative tones with more positive friendly tones. How you say something matters as much as what you say.

3) Make a difference. If it's daunting to talk to someone who wouldn't listen, it's much harder to talk and listen to yourself because there can be no sensible arguments that could happen. Dealing with your inner voice can be a hard task.

Your concept of the world is based on you inner voice's views of the world. The inner voice should not have control over the person; the person should have control over the inner voice. You will develop positive thinking by feeling good about yourself. Getting rid of the negative thoughts inside your head will give the positive thoughts some space. It is all about rephrasing the negative thoughts to make them positive.

Positive thinking is the road to having true happiness. You will never enjoy life if you perceive it negativity. Having a belief in yourself is the only way to achieve happiness. Life, if you truly look at it, is all about perception. True happiness can only come from within a person's heart. Positive thinking is like a pair of eyeglasses. Having the right pair can make one enjoy the beauty of things to the fullest. This is also true in terms of viewing yourself.
About the Author
Kathy is a psychologist and writes articles and courses for Personal Development, Accelerated Learning, and Self Help Issues. Learn more about Positive Thinking at Revolutionary Positive Thinking
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