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Arrow BulletBelieving In Yourself: Developing Positive Self-Talk

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Positive
Self-Talk

Once you become aware of how your self-talk sounds, imagine what a kind, supportive voice would say. Picture a person being encouraging to you. This could be a grandparent, a coach, a favourite teacher or friend.

Here's what an encouraging person might say:
  • "Go ahead. Give it a try. You do have the skills required to do the job. You deserve this promotion!"
  • "You're good!"
  • "Good for you! You did very well!"
  • What would you think?...
  • How would you feel?...
  • What would you do?...
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Feelings... Thoughts... Actions...

See the difference positive thoughts make on your feelings... thoughts... and actions!

Feelings... Thoughts... Actions...

Ultimately, create your own kind and supportive thoughts. Use positive self-talk and affirmations regularly to affirm your self-image and sense of worth.

Affirmations are positive self-talk statements which:
  • Start with "I".
  • Are clear and brief.
  • Take place in the present.
  • Become more effective with repetition.
As a result, actions are more likely to include withdrawing from people and avoiding new situations, or perhaps acting on our hostility with sarcasm or blaming.
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12 Affirmations

Write down your own affirmations. Here are some examples...
  • I deserve to feel good.
  • I am healthy and strong.
  • I have unique abilities and talents.
  • I take care of myself.
  • I feel safe and confident.
  • I deserve to enjoy time to myself.
  • I can make a difference.
  • I am a good friend.
  • I am willing to take risks to grow and change.
  • When something goes wrong, I'll handle it.
  • I am a good person, mistakes and all.
  • I am worthy and capable.
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