Recently, someone said to me that they need to start their 5K training and laughed that they were being “fat and lazy” about it. This was coming from a person who has recently lost a noticeable amount of weight, is eating healthy, and a known hard worker. Now, I realize that it meant to be a joke and I’m the first to be guilty about poking fun at myself. However, if we are not careful those little voices can become big shouts that our hearts start to believe when our brains think we’re just joking.
Self talk is extremely important if we hope to be effective people in not only our own lives, but in the lives of those around us. It doesn’t have to be done in a conceited manner, nor should it be self-deprecating. People are listening and so is your heart. Make the words encouraging.
While I have been guilty of saying things about myself that I shouldn’t, one thing I have NEVER EVER let play in my head is that I am “crippled” (it pains me to type the word for demonstration purpose alone). My point is that while I fight a “crippling disease” I refuse to see myself that way. Instead, I will let such words to play over and over in my head like, “I’m a fighter”, “I can find another way”, or “all things possible…”.
It does take practice, but do say good things to yourself. Let others around you know that they are worthy of positive self speak because they hear you do it. The results will impress you. ~trvw