Using Self-Talk to Make Positive Changes
by Peter Sacco
Everyone carries around with them an inner voice… your voice. This is your self-talk.
You are always talking to yourself. When you are awake, your self-talk is often of a conscious nature, but there is also unconscious self-talk which at times takes over, or reminds your conscious mind of something that happened in the past which now makes you dwell on it in the present moment.
When you sleep, your mind shifts from an active state (conscious) to a passive state (unconscious) and your ‘self-talk‘ then becomes one of being in a state of overdrive – your unconscious mind does all the talking for you in the form of dreams.
What is important is that your conscious self-talk often filters through and becomes your unconscious self-talk. This unconscious self-talk lingers and stays with you.
Therefore, you had better make your conscious self-talk good!
Did you know that most people carry around with them negative self-talk? Much of this is a by-product of having low self-esteem, or it contributes to developing low self-esteem. You see, when you pattern your unconscious mind to think negatively, it will allow your mind (conscious mind) to function on autopilot and feed you with the negativity you have become accustomed too.
Furthermore, when you don’t change it consciously, choosing to think and create positive thoughts for yourself, your unconscious mind will automatically assume that you want the same ole negative thought patterns thrown your way.
Let’s face it, sometimes people get used to functioning in the negative rather than focusing on the positive because that would mean they would have to work at shifting their mind set. Shifting your mindset means you have to do some work and even doing this kind of “work” for monitoring your self-talk might appear to be too cumbersome for some people.
And it really isn’t that hard!
There are two different approaches you can take to change or modify your self -talk.
The first method is actually monitoring your thoughts. What are you telling yourself that is negative and why are you telling yourself these things? The goal is to identify the negative thought first and then to figure out why you are doing it. Once you have identified it and answered the “why“, the next question is “What?”
What are you willing to do to change it? If you do not like the negative thinking, then you know that you need to change it.
This means that each time you think a negative thought, you immediately identify it and replace it with something positive. Do not dwell on the negative thought, rather just shift your mindset to something positive, even if it is a happy memory, or thinking about something that you really like.
Your other option is trying hypnosis to replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk.
Under the direction of a trained hypnotherapist, post hypnotic suggestions are placed into your unconscious. In the past your unconscious would identify a negative thought and give you other corresponding negative thought patterns and feelings to compliment it.
Conversely, with post-hypnotic suggestions whenever you get the negative thought, your unconscious mind immediately identifies it and then replaces it with a positive self-talk… one placed in during hypnosis. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your self-talk to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.
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