How do you describe yourself, to yourself? What does your inner dialogue whisper all day? Do you focus on your accomplishments or your deficits? Think of someone that focuses on the negative. Are they fun to be around? I believe in the power of positive self talk. It took a while for me to feel comfortable using affirmations. As humans, unfortunately our default is negative. It takes effort to focus on the bright side. Physical items can serve as reminders. Below is a rock I gave my husband shortly after we started our business. He carries it daily. Throughout the day as he reaches into his pocket, he has a tangible object that prompts him about his goal. We smile at each other when it slides out of his pocket and hits the floor, when he’s teaching an exercise class.
Monday morning I woke up with a bad case of the “what ifs.”What if this doesn’t work out? What if that doesn’t happen? What if I can’t do that?” I was working myself up into a frenzy. I talked to my husband about my escalating panic. Man, was I glad I coached him on this positive thinking stuff years ago! He said, “Don’t think negative! Everything works out for us! You’re a positive person! You don’t give up! You’ve got this!” After I talked to him I felt like I went to a pep rally! I had a new attitude! My self talk switched to, “I’m a positive person! I won’t give up! I got this! “Not only am I repeating this in my mind, I’m looking for opportunities to say it out loud to others, “I’m… positive everything will work out!”