No matter how much time we spend with both negative and positive people, at the end of the day we’re the ones who get to decide what to think of ourselves. We’re also the ones who get to decide how confident to be, how much effort to put into our goals, and how to react to whatever life throws at us.
This is a powerful realization but it also brings a lot of responsibility. In order to make the most of this and be fully in control, we should focus on establishing a healthy and supportive inner dialogue.
This might sound a bit weird at first, but we all talk to ourselves in one way or another. We’re always thinking and the mental chatter is real; it’s up to us to control it.
In today’s episode of The Mindset Podcast, hosts Greg and Steven talk about the power of self-talk and how to use it to your advantage.
As Steven says, the world is not always supportive and our environment often brings us down with doubt and negativity. The least we can do is be kind to ourselves, believe in our own abilities, and practice uplifting inner dialogue.
If you don’t really understand why this is important, think about the following scenario: How does it feel when someone else talks badly to you? How does it feel when someone is doubting you and making you feel like a failure because you did something wrong? That’s right, it makes you feel tired and defensive, and it kills your drive and motivation.
So, why do the same thing to yourself with a self-sabotaging inner dialogue?!
Greg shares that he used to have the tendency to beat himself up or overthink when he makes mistakes. Over the years, he realized that he was not doing himself a favor, so he started controlling his inner chatter.
A good way to do this is to be more present in the moment, especially when dark thoughts are creeping in. This usually happens when we’re tired and fatigued, which means that we should just take a break, instead of trying hard to push through.
Instead of continuing your tasks with a negative mind, ask yourself this question: “Am I negative because something bad just happened, or am I just tired and I need to decompress?”
Chances are, you just need a breather to uplift your spirit again.
One of the things that Greg and Steven find helpful for a successful day is a strict and disciplined morning routine.
For example, Steven’s routine includes drinking a lot of water and doing some cardio first thing in the morning, while listening to an audiobook. Even if you don’t like cardio, it makes your brain release endorphins, which will make you feel good afterward. At the end of the day, you will still feel good about yourself because you did something for your health and mood.
Your energy is a limited resource, so you’ve got to take care of it.
When it gets too low, that’s when the mental chatter starts taking control and it can push you to a dark place. A good strategy that Greg uses with his contest-prep clients is making affirmations and positive statements part of their morning routines.
These statements should be easy to remember and powerful at the same time, such as “Looking good, feeling good, I should be in Hollywood!”, or “Every day I’m getting better and better in every way!”. Whatever affirmations you choose, make sure you stay consistent with that practice, and don’t forget to use them every time you need to boost your energy. Words are spells and we should be mindful of everything we say to ourselves, or others!
Do you want to listen to the full episode of The Mindset Podcast with Greg and Steven? You can do it here!
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