Most people experience negative self-talk that drains energy away, but what if you could use the automated habit of self-talk and program positive ideas that uplift and encourage you. In this article from the Nero Gym Team, learn how to harness the power of positive self-talk to boost self-esteem.
What if your best friend stopped by and told you that you don’t deserve your dream life?
What if she told you that you’re not talented or smart enough to succeed? Or that you won’t ever achieve your goals? Would you keep her around? Hopefully not.
Most likely the only person you’d tolerate this type of talk from is . . .
It sounds silly to think of your friends or family members talking to you like that. After all, that’s not how we talk to loved ones.
Here’s the crazy thing: Most of us have internal conversations that sound a whole lot like that terrible theoretical best friend. I’m sure you can think of a time when you felt nervous, and your inner voice (the disapproval of the inner critic) went on and on about what you can’t do, or what you don’t have.
Negative self-talk is no new thing, but the struggle is real and old.
Why is the voice inside your head so mean?
Back in the cave days, humans faced more immediate threats to survival. Before in-home security systems, it was up to an individual to avoid being eaten by a tiger or stabbed by a neighboring tribe member. Sensitivity to possible danger often meant the difference between life and death.
Your brain pays extra attention to all potential threats because it wants to keep you safe from physical (or emotional) harm.
Throughout the day, thoughts surface at random, based on past learning and experiences. Sometimes, a negative thought floats by—you can choose to let it pass, or you can fixate on it.
You see, every time a thought enters your mind, you’re either strengthening it or weakening it, because thoughts become neural pathways. Positivity creates positive neural pathways and negativity creates negative neural pathways. Makes sense, right?
Unfortunately, if we don’t silence the mean voice in our heads, we can unintentionally reaffirm a lot of limiting beliefs. The good news is that you can change your thought patterns!
Increase your self-esteem and self-awareness with this Innercise®
If you’ve been feeling a little down on yourself lately, this Innercise will counteract your negative self-talk. Just take some deep breaths, and get into a relaxed state, then follow the steps below: