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Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success

Good Things Come to Those Who Believe

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  • My biggest motivation killer was the 'gym snobs' (and way too many of them are professional trainers). Either in person, or online. I avoid them and have a much better outlook. But keeping a positive outlook does not mean to overlook my faults. Merely accept the reality, and try to improve on them. - 11/29/2016 2:45:11 AM
  • I'm thinking they were a bit down because they were tired after their workout. Being realistic doesn't have to mean you're thinking negatively. Some people post photos of themselves when they were younger and fitter; they will never look that young again, but they can look that fit, so it works. It's all in how you view the world. - 7/22/2016 1:38:18 PM
  • i liked the own best friend comment. I will remember that one - 7/12/2016 11:44:13 AM
  • Hesitant to comment here, as a dissenting viewpoint on this particular subject seem to get deleted. Treading carefully:
    Believing that something is true doesn't make that thing true; it makes you delusional. Speaking for myself, and I cannot stress enough that I am applying this standard to myself only because doing otherwise produces FAILURE in my case: failing to face facts, that is the cold, hard truth about health and weight, makes me fatter. The "body positivity"/'self love" approach led me straight to the plus-size department.
    Assuming a rigid stance, with no room for excuses, is the only thing that makes that scale move in the right direction for me. - 7/12/2016 10:45:48 AM
  • Its so easy to compare myself to another in a magazine, the gym, the mall, etc., and think to myself that I will never look that good. Instead I try to focus on making myself the best person I can be because I am never going to be them. - 4/27/2016 7:36:01 AM
  • The biggest motivation killer I find at the gym are the TVs set on News Channels at high volume - doom and gloom and fear and hatred - talking heads yelling at one another. - 3/11/2016 6:08:35 AM
  • So true! Negative thinking becomes self-fulfilling prophesy! I choose joy - imperfections are a part of life! - 1/18/2016 8:51:37 AM
  • I try to celebrate the success of others. If they can do it, then I can too. Since they are committed, they deserve the positive results. - 1/17/2016 8:19:30 AM
  • "I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime."

    I don't remember where I heard this, maybe another SP article, but I really like it! It reminds me to take things one day, one choice at a time. - 1/14/2016 6:04:11 PM
  • This is a good article and just what I need right now. I am struggling with 'motivation' issues and had a couple bad days where I didn't watch what I ate and slacked on my exercise. Usually this would be the start of a long downward spiral for me and I would end up giving up. This time I read a lot of great articles on motivation, learned a lot and am rededicating myself to reaching my goals. - 5/6/2015 4:14:08 PM
  • Positive self-talk is something I really struggle with. I grew up with an alcoholic mother who used to be a model. I internalized all the comments that I needed to "suck my stomach in" and that my thighs were too big. I am definitely saving this article to reread as often as necessary to remind myself to be kind to myself and focus on the positive. - 4/27/2015 10:20:55 AM
  • This is just what I needed to hear. I've been so bad lately of beating myself up because of putting weight back on. I know that it's not entirely my fault, but the meds. that I have to be on. I need to work every day on this, to lift myself up for all my good qualities and with this, I can be more healthy! Thanks for an excellent article! - 4/25/2015 10:49:13 AM
  • This is a good article! And it gets quoted a lot here on SparkPeople. People are always saying, "You wouldn't say that to a friend, so why are you saying that to yourself?" Now I know where they got it! Wow, thank you! - 3/31/2015 8:33:37 PM
  • LCERTUCHE
    I was surprised that an magazine about health and fitness would depress people. I am not surprised about the self-talk. I have always quoted the Bible verse "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me." This talk has got me through many difficult workouts and life situations. - 3/31/2015 1:47:47 PM
  • HEIDISHOPE
    Good article. Guess that is why I prefer workout coaches who are a bit plump, or at least have had to lose serious weight to get where they are, not the sculpted former athletes who have no clue. Sculpted coaches do NOT motivate me, they are just constant reminders I am not like them. Much work to do......... - 3/29/2015 12:21:45 PM

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