I’m amazed how much negative self-talk is rattling around in my head, and how easily those thoughts creep up with no real conscious effort on my part. They’re just there, like background music. You know, like elevator music that’s just there.
Negative self-talk can sabotage your personal and business relationships, and let’s face it, a successful relationship with your customers/clients or team members is critical in building your business.
Negative self-talk leads to limiting beliefs that lead to self-doubt and inaction. And as the saying goes “if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Here are some examples that might help. They’re from an article on the Mayo Clinic site written by Dana Sparks: Mayo Mindfulness: Overcoming Negative Self Talk
Ok, you hear the negative talk and you want to change it… How? Spin it!
You get the idea.
How can we change the negative self-talk and our limiting beliefs so we can realize our true potential?
First, understand what it is and what part it plays in your personal and business life. According to Google:
“Basically, negative self–talk is any inner dialogue you have with yourself that may be limiting your ability to believe in yourself and your own abilities and to reach your potential.
It is any thought that diminishes your ability to make positive changes in your life or your confidence in yourself to do so.”
Second, become conscious of the conversation going on in our head… pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself. Would you have that same conversation with a friend? Probably not.
Ask yourself if your thoughts are really helpful to the personal or business challenge you face.
Finally, reframe the conversation… change that negative dialogue to positive… put a positive spin on it. (In today’s environment, I’m sure we all understand “spin” 😊)
And here something else to consider turns out negativity not only plays havoc with our success but actually can have a harmful effect on our health and overall wellbeing.
One theory is that people with a positive outlook are better able to deal with stressful situations; less stress, less harmful health effects on your body brought on by stress.
Here are some of the health benefits cited in the article…
I’ll share something with you… I come from a long line of “the glass is half empty” thinkers, so for me, positive thinking, positive self-talk doesn’t come naturally.
But, I’m committed to changing my self-limited beliefs by critically listening to my self-talk. It will take a conscious effort on my part to catch myself when I start conversations that feed into limiting my belief in myself and my abilities.
So, stayed tuned… I’ll let you know how it’s going 😊
Stay healthy, safe, and if there was ever a time to think positive, this is it!
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