Congratulations! You’ve got a great idea and a new goal. You are filled with excitement and motivation as you set your plans to reach your goal. You start working toward it, but… as the days pass -suddenly and out of nowhere- you start experiencing nagging, self-doubt, and self-defeating thoughts that stop you in your tracks. You freeze and stop moving toward your goal as you feel inundated with thoughts that appear to justify your lack of action such as, the many reasons that you are not up to the task, how you don’t have enough experience, or why you are not qualified to carry it through.
Are you always talking yourself out of success?
Yes, it can be difficult to make the most of your life when you are constantly talking to yourself in this fashion. It can also be frustrating and discouraging to have these thoughts plaguing you frequently. Many people, in fact, don’t even realize they have them! All they know is that they lack the confidence to stick to their plans and reach their goals, but can’t figure out why.
If you are nodding in agreement, don’t worry. You are not alone. You now know that happens because of the unfriendly inner dialogue that we all experience every now and then. The solution to this problem is to change the way you respond to your negative self-talk. Even though it can be challenging to reach your goals with positive self-talk, with frequent practice you will achieve success.
Reach Your Goals With Positive Self-Talk
So how do you get a hold of this inner chatter? – you may be asking. The short answer is to refuse to obey the negative commands that pop into your mind, and counteract them with positive self-talk. Once you learn to do this regularly, you will be able to overcome nearly all negativity and anxious thoughts.
Using positive self-talk is an effective way to ensure that you stick to your plans and reach your goals. This is how it works: First, you plan the logistics of how to reach your goal. Then, you start working on your plan at once. Sometimes taking immediate action helps defeat negativity a great deal as you start seeing some results that reinforce your confidence and positive outlook.
But, if self-doubt kicks in and the chatter starts, you must counteract the negativity with positive affirmations that support your abilities and prevent surrendering to the negative pressure. Since you’re reading this article, it’s fair to assume that you’re not a quitter or a failure. So just start using positive affirmations to strengthen your belief in yourself.
Re-Programming Your Mind
Affirmations are positive statements to re-program your mind for success. You should have many affirmations written down, and a handful of them memorized so the moment you have a self-defeating thought you start repeating them to counter the negativity and get moving again.
One example of a positive affirmation that you can use when your inner talk insists that you are not worthy of success is this: “I deserve success, and I accomplish my goals successfully every time. I can see myself in the winner’s circle.” An affirmation like this will help you move toward your goals instead of allowing self-doubt to conquer your thoughts.
An interesting fact that you must bring into awareness is that -most likely- you are not even aware of the severity of the negative inner chatter going on in your mind. However, once you start practicing positive self-talk, you will suddenly realize the many times you were self-sabotaging your goals in the past. This simple process can be an eye-opener to how many times this inner chatter has interfered in your life. The good news is that now you know better. You can now set goals and achieve them as you get a hold of this interference.
Positive self-talk is not difficult to implement; however, if you want to reach your goals with positive self-talk, repetition is key for success. Now that you know the impact that positive self-talk can have in your life, you will be able to set goals with confidence knowing that you have a greater chance to achieve what you want.
Do you use affirmations to counteract negative chatter? Do you plan to use them to push yourself further and achieve your goals? Please share of your experience below… Thanks!