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Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals

How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress

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If I don't do it, it doesn't get done. Report
Of all Spark coaches and bloggers Dean Anderson is #1 in my books! I hope he is still involved with Spark and health and weight wise continues to do well. Report
What a great article and such good advice. Whenever a negative thought creeps in I ask myself, "would I say this to a friend" and the answer is always NO! Report
Four great points. The value of self-talk is so often overlooked! Report
Every morning before I log into sparks, I set a 5 minute timer and start typing a pep talk to myself. I don't save the document, but I find it easier to type what I'm thinking rather than talk out loud to myself. Since I can type fairly fast (plus I don't care about typing errors), it just feels more natural. Then I reward myself for having a pep talk because it's one of my daily goals so I get some spark points :) Report
Terrific suggestions. I started streaks today based on some of them. Thank you. Report
Great Article. Raised many good points I hadn't really thought of! Report
Great article, Thanks Report
Well said! Positive talk is empowering.

Thank you! Report
This is a great article. Thanks SP. Report
Great article! I’ve never thought about it this way. Report
Positive self speak is so important. Report
I found that either putting my hand on my opposite shoulder or envisioning it and thinking an encouraging word, like a kind mentor would, has helped me progress a lot. When I start to beat myself up, I "state the facts" by writing them down. I'm not a loser because I chose not to go to the gym today. I made a choice.

A little self-kindness goes a long way. It's hard to do at first.

Remember that if kicking ourselves in the butt worked and being cruel to ourselves worked, we wouldn't be here looking for ways to take better care of ourselves which includes getting more exercise or losing some weight. Report
That's a very helpful and eye-opening article. I should treat myself the same as I treat other people I love. Because I love myself. Well.. that's true most days!
Thanks for sharing! Report
This is a great article -- analyzing behaviors, including positive actions, and offering rewards for the positive ones. I watch baseball daily, and coaches do this, on TV, for their players. There are many $$$ at stake, so players are sure to practice exercises or techniques recommended by their coach, to get more points for their team. It works! DONNALOU76 Report

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