The power of positive self-talk comes from understanding what it is, and mastering how to develop the perfect script.
If someone were to pick out a year from the last century and suggest it was the worst on record, the chances are that 2020 might be it. Suffice to say the mere mention of a threatened world war and a global pandemic will probably do.
Throughout the year, many things that have come into our consciousness – on the news, in our conversations, all over social media – might have caused us much concern. That’s without even considering the wholly heavier bearing that British businesses have faced over the last six months.
If you want a way out? And one that will at the same time empower you to lead your staff and your business to success, even in the midst of something so strange and damaging to businesses as COVID-19? You must readdress your self-talk.
The more positive you are, the more easily you will push through your challenges, projecting that mindset onto those around you.
But what is positive self-talk?
Self-talk is something that we’re all doing all of the time. Make your script positive and you will stop yourself from being randomly programmed and swept along by your surroundings. And if you want a more positive outlook (and better results) on the other side of this pandemic, this is the resource you need.
Positive self-talk is a fundamental technique that will allow you to master your potential. With the right script, you can condition yourself into the version of yourself that you aspire to be, through:
· What you say about yourself
· What you say about the world
· What you think
When you intervene positively in the endless flow of self-programming, you will be able to throw out the critical, destructive thoughts that push you in the wrong direction. Conversely, you can generate a virtuous circle that will drive you further from negativity (and COVID-doom-and-gloom in the workplace) and closer to a better culture and greater results.
What should my script look like?
One simple way to intervene positively would be to create a new “self-talk script”. The more you read from it, the sooner it will become your default response to any given situation.
Professor Ehton Kross’s 2014 study found that a subtle shift from addressing yourself as “I” or “me” to using your own name can have a very powerful effect. It all starts with you.
Start by thinking of yourself in the second person as “you” or by using your own name. Then develop a string of sentences that tell your story the way you would like it to be. It really is as simple as that. You decide how the story goes, you write the script and you read it again and again. You will become the story. It can even help to record your script and listen to it in the background as you get on with your day-to-day. The positive conditioning effects really are quite amazing.
There is more to mastering positive self-talk than a positive script, but it is most definitely a good place to start. Check back on our blog page for more about other things you can do to manage the direction of your thoughts and press on towards success.