Many people sabotage their self-esteem by unhealthy and negative self-talk – the negative committee that sits inside your head, telling you stuff you wouldn’t dare say to someone else, because you know it would hurt their feelings.
I should be better.
I shouldn’t have done that.
No one likes me.
I’m useless at my job/school
I’m never going to be happy.
You, too, may have a soundtrack of negativity running through your mind throughout the day. This negative self-talk sucks you down and puts you under a dark cloud. It kills your self-esteem and causes you to dislike yourself.
But here’s the thing.
The negative self-talk is all LIES! None of it is true!
And it really, really, needs to end. If you want to grow in self-esteem, your negative self-talk needs to STOP!
Today it’s time for positive self-talk to bloom in your life.
Today, pay close attention to the self-talk that goes on in your head. You may even want to keep a journal and make notes about the negative soundtrack running in your head. Every time you become aware of negative self-talk, stop and write down the negative thoughts in your journal. Don’t be vague. Write down EXACTLY what’s going through your mind. Yes, it will be time consuming and more than a little annoying, but it’s important to become aware of your own un-empowering thoughts about yourself, before you can start to empower yourself.
Then – and this is crucial – replace the negative self-talk with one of the affirmations from yesterday’s challenge.
Write this affirmation in your journal and say it out loud five times. Your goal for the day is to have FIVE TIMES more positive self-talk than negative.
As you do this, you’ll be amazed at the effect is has on your day.
Remember to keep that log of your self-talk today!
Tomorrow we’re going to be talking about negative toxic relationships and how you can surround yourself with positive people.
Until then, please share one of the negative thoughts you encountered and what you replaced it with. Write it in the comments below…