Overcoming Negative Self Talk

by Neseret on February 5, 2012

Project 52 - Week 5 - RougeEverytime you decide to do something good and worthwhile for yourself and for others you may experience a critical, harsh voice that says,

“Who Do You Think You Are?”

This is part of what is called  “negative self talk”. I believe most women and human beings in general experience this at one point or another in their lives.

However women that have experienced severe trauma in their lives (ie: any type of abuse – physical, verbal, emotional, sexual) may experience it more frequently and intensely.

Regardless of your experience with trauma if you are a woman on a mission and want to accomplish something important to you and you’re having this voice or something similar, know you are not alone!!!

There are many variations of this critical voice when you’re attempting to do something great!

Few More Examples of Negative Self Talk…

“You can’t do that!”

“You don’t have what it takes to do that!”

“You’re not good enough”

Ways To Change Your Negative Self Talk

The best way I know how to overcome negative self talk is to first be aware of it.

Being aware of your thoughts and feelings is one of the foundation principles of healing.

Once you are aware and identify your negative self talk challenge it!

Is this true? Is there any evidence to support this thought? Is this thought helpful or harmful? Are there evidences to the contrary?

Use Affirmations to Replace the Negative Self Talk

Affirmations are a great way to combat negative self talk. Affirmations are positive, helpful, realistic, and loving statements you repeat to yourself.

Overtime positive affirmations will replace the negative self talk.

Affirmations are reminders of your true/higher self.

Examples of positive affirmations in this instance could be something like

“I am capable, lovable, and worthy!”

“I am more than good enough!”

“I have what it takes to do whatever I want in my life.”

“I CAN do it!”

Now go ahead and write your own affirmations and move forward and do the things that matter to you.

Please leave me your questions and comments below! What is your experience with negative self talk? What has helped you overcome negative self talk?

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Peace, Love & Gratitude,

Neseret