Self-Talk: What Is It and Why You Should Practice It

Self-talk is one of the vital keys for personal growth and success. Self-talk is the “interpersonal communication” language or thought conversation which is intended for the communicator himself or herself. Self-talk occurs for a person when he or she sends a message, receives the message and continues in a cycle of feedback.

Based on scientific research, it is understood that the brain functions like a computer. In fact, a person’s thoughts actually manifest in the brain as biochemical electrical impulses. And it is believed that the subconscious mind is profoundly impacted by a person’s regular self-talk. It appears that the brain tends to believe what it hears with regularity.

In most cases, a person is not consciously aware of their self-talk; it simply runs on habit. However, if a person wants to “reprogram” their thoughts, feelings and beliefs, they can harness the power of positive self-talk affirmations to “renew” their mind.

Other benefits of self-talk are that it can help to ease stress and reduce negative emotions such guilt, depression, anxiety or anger. You can use positive self-talk affirmations to change bad habits and gain control over the way you act and feel. Self-talk is a well-known practice, used by many successful achievers, which can change your life for the better.

Effective self-talk comes in the form of positive, present-tense affirmations. The word “affirm” simply means to “make firm.” When you affirm what you desire through self-talk, you make positive, present-tense statements that your goal is already accomplished now. For best results, a self-talk affirmation should be repeated regularly, with strong or sincere emotion, in order to successfully impact the subconscious mind.

Whatever you regularly sow into your subconscious mind, the same is what you will reap in return. Through positive self-talk affirmations you can re-shape yourself and your life according to the power of your spoken word.

Here are some important tips to start implementing powerful and effective self-talk today:

1. Make sure your self-talk affirmations are crafted in the positive present tense. You want to enjoy your goal NOW, not on some vague date in the future. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, don’t say, “One day, I will lose 10 pounds. I plan to look and feel better.” Instead say, “I am losing 10 pounds. I look and feel great!”

2. In addition to being positive and present tense, effective self-talk should also be specific, as in our example above. Tell your mind exactly what you want. And be sure to include sincere emotion when practicing your self-talk. Self-talk without sincere emotion or belief will not help you to overcome the fears or doubts which try to creep back into your mind.

3. Craft your self-talk affirmations in a variety of 1st, 2nd and 3rd person statements. Each of these types of statements effect your mind in different ways. Examples of each tense are as follows:

  • 1st Person: I am losing 10 pounds and nothing can stop me.
  • 2nd Person: You are losing 10 pounds and nothing can stop you.
  • 3rd Person: She [or insert your name] is losing 10 pounds and nothing can stop her.

4. Repeat your self-talk affirmations several times during the day. You can benefit by writing them down and reading them aloud. You may also like to record them and listen to yourself on playback.

5. Be committed to consistency. You will not likely see any lasting change if you only practice self-talk for a day or two. Be willing to regularly practice self-talk for a minimum of 30 consecutive days.

With regularly use, you should see measurable changes in the way you act, feel and believe. You can enjoy your own personalized self-talk affirmations that you create yourself, or you may want to look into pre-recorded self-talk audio programs for your convenience. Positive self-talk affirmations have worked wonders for others and they can work wonders for you too. Enjoy positive self-talk as a regular part of your daily life!