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Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success

Good Things Come to Those Who Believe

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So how do you even begin if positive self-talk doesn’t come naturally to you? Start by appreciating your efforts and giving yourself a pat on the back for the good choices that you make, no matter how small.

If that doesn’t work for you, imagine that you are talking to a friend. Would you tell her that she hadn’t lost enough weight? That his arms are too skinny? Or that she should spend more time at the gym if she ever hopes to look better in a bikini? Of course not. You would cheer on your best friend for every small accomplishment, encouraging him when he feels down or telling her all the things you love about her. So why can’t you treat yourself with the same kindness and consideration?

Next, try to be more aware of your thoughts at all times. Be mindful of thoughts that come and go, and those that linger. Consciously decide to think more positively. When you notice negative self-talk in action, nip it in the bud—don’t convince yourself that your actions are pointless, that your goals aren’t attainable, or that you don’t deserve to be successful. Whether you think you’ll succeed or fail, your thoughts will become your reality. Be a success. Boost yourself up whenever you can. Be your own best friend. Have faith in yourself and the results will come! The important thing is to feel that you’re worth the effort. You deserve to be healthy and confident and strong.

It’s been said that our minds can only hold one thought at a time, which means we have a choice: We can focus on a thought that makes us feel badly or we can focus on something that makes us feel good. Every second that passes is a chance to turn things around. Even if you didn’t eat well at lunch, you can do better at dinner. You’re not a failure if you didn’t go to the gym last week. You can go today. The only thing holding you back is your thinking.
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Member Comments

  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • Good article. One for the editor: you feel badly with your hands, not with your brains. You feel bad about yourself. - 11/19/2014 7:49:17 PM
  • This article really hit home with me. I recently reached my goal weight, and it have been obsessing about whether or not I can maintain it. Of course I can! - 7/28/2014 10:14:11 AM
    I could be my worst enemy or my best friend, I leave it at that. But Today I chose to be my best friend. - 7/27/2014 1:35:12 PM
    I agree you have to tell yourself you are doing positive things. Turning down the brownie benefits you, it does not deprive you. - 2/28/2014 10:12:00 AM

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