You’ve probably heard before that speaking positively to a child will do more for his self-esteem than criticism. Encouraging a child to study and making learning fun, will help him to develop his skills better than calling him stupid or trying to shame him into studying. That’s because whatever you say over and over to a child, will stick with him. He will begin to believe the things that you say about him, whether positive or negative.
The same is true about the way that you speak to yourself. When you say something often enough you begin to believe it. More powerful sometimes than actions, words cut to the very core of our souls. So if you self-talk about hating the way you look, about being fat and unattractive, or if you are calling yourself names, sooner or later, you will begin to believe all of that. And the sad thing is, that once you start to believe it, you achieve it. Yes, if you believe you can’t succeed, you can’t.
But if you speak words of praise and gratitude to all that you have achieved, you will feel uplifted and capable of success. A feeling of calmness will come over you once you realize what a magnificent creature you really are. Once the need to punish yourself has passed, you can move forward to accomplish greater feats in your life.
One of the big things you might notice when you talk positively to yourself is the way that you embrace life and accept all of its challenges. With a new-found strength and confidence you’ll take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and just say no to defeat.
Start today, sit quietly for a few minutes and reflect on all of the wonderful things in your life. Shut out all negative thoughts and fill your mind with positive affirmations of all of your accomplishments. Be sure to meditate on any changes you would like to bring forth in your life. Stamp out any thoughts of criticism or deprecation.
Repeat: I am beautiful, I am strong, I have accomplished some wonderful things in my life.
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