Positive Self-Talk Skill
Sometimes all we have is the power of our own self-talk. There are hundreds of stories of people in dire situations who believed they had no more energy to carry on, yet they survived. Examples of this include Victor Frankl who survived a concentration camp. Another example is Donald Driver, who was raised in economically depressed city, was tempted by the street life, but became one of the best Packer receivers ever and is now a best-selling author. Oprah Winfrey is another great example. She endured both physical and sexual abuse, she worked hard to overcome the burdens, and she became very successful. Those people who are successful, very often did not come by things easily. Malcolm Gladwell discusses this particular topic in detail in his book entitled, “David and Goliath.” In fact, the struggles these people endured made them stronger and it gave them an advantage over others.
The Backwards Brain Bicycle
Successful people are quick to recognize when they are having negative thoughts and they utilize a number of strategies to change their thinking. One of the skills they use, is positive self-talk. This skill involves developing a few key phrases that are powerful and will jolt your brain from thinking negative to thinking positively.
Remember, you have been practicing these negative thought patterns since the time you were seven years old. Hence, it is helpful to develop two to three key phrases that will jolt your brain from the old ANTs routine; so that you can begin collecting the facts, and having thoughts that are more effective.