How to Talk Yourself Through a Challenge

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The latest research shows that the way you talk to yourself can predict your success in life.

Thank goodness, because I talk to myself all the time!

We all know that negative self-talk is not good for you.  But there is more to the story.  There is a specific way you should address yourself for maximum results.

Studies show that when you address yourself with the pronoun “I”, you are likely to perform poorly under stress.   When you address yourself by your name, your chances of success soar.

Researchers found that when it comes to the brain, distancing yourself from your sense of self helps you gain self-control, clarity and helps your performance.

You can use this information to effectively talk yourself through a challenge.

1. Address yourself the way you would a friend, using your own first name.

2. Use positive self-affirmations and talk through the issue offering solutions and new perspectives.  Be encouraging.

It goes something like this….

Carrie, what are you worried about?  It’s not the first time you have spoken to a large group of people.  You have done this so many times.  You know what to say.  You always get nervous before you speak and it always goes well.  You are smart, talented and capable of anything.    You got this, Carrie.

It may seem weird at first to address yourself by name, but just remember, you are learning how to operate your brain so you can have more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want!

Self-talk can be a powerful tool if you do it correctly.   Stay positive and look for the silver lining in every challenge.

Be careful how you talk to yourself because you are listening!

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