Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Creating Positive Self-Talk

Positive self-talk allows you to recognize, validate, and apply your full potential with respect to all that you are and all that you do. Also called affirmations, positive self-talk serves as your own personal accomplishment scale. Below are some tips for positive self-talk:

1. Use the present tense; deal with what exists today.

2. Be positive rather than affirming what you don’t want. 

3. Remain personal; self-talk must relate to you and you only.

4. Keep sentences short and simple.

5. Go with your gut. If it “clicks," then just say it. Self-talk should feel positive, expanding, freeing, and supporting.

6. Focus on new things rather than changing what is.

7. Act “as if;” give yourself permission to believe the idea is true right now. 

If self-talk is new to you, it is a good idea to first think about the things that are wonderful about you. A few examples might be: 

· I have someone I love, and we enjoy spending time together

· I am a mother or father. I am fulfilled in this role

· My career is challenging and fulfilling.

· When I learn something new, I feel proud.

· I am worthwhile because I breathe and feel; I am aware.

· I am a good person.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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