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Positive self talk for a great day

Updated on March 23, 2012

Positive self talk for a great day

What do you say to yourself when you wake up? Great question and it deserves a great answer. I choose positive self talk for a great day. I have seen people wake up jump out of bed cursing and muttering, “Darn, its late and I’m in for trouble” or “Oh ! I hate Mondays” or whatever. I believe that what we say, is what we get. Thoughts lead to emotions and emotions direct your actions. When you wake up cursing and muttering, it would be great achievement if you could get through the day unscathed. Positive self talk is choosing what you say to yourself. As I wake up every day I stay in bed motionless for a few minutes, these minutes actually determine how my day would be. I spend time in positive self talk. I tell myself, “Wow! it’s a beautiful day, look at the sky, hear the birds singing, feel the gentle breeze”. The sun rises rather early where I live, and being a lover of nature I have arranged my bedroom in such a way that I can watch the sunrise. This puts me in a positive mood and this is very important to me as it sets the mood for the day.

I can do it!! - By my son Mark
I can do it!! - By my son Mark | Source

A positive attitude for a great day

I am at my chirpiest best at dawn. I choose to be this way. The whole family is entertained by my singing and clowning. The idea is to cheer up everyone so that their mood does not pull me down. What you hear being said around you, and what your mind keeps on saying strongly suggest to you how your day will turn out to be. Negative self talk puts you in an anxious mode. You start being clumsy in your anxiety and mess up everything around you, making you feel that you really are having a bad day.

Don’t I ever feel like staying in bed longer? Or not wanting to do all that I have to do? Yes, I do sometimes. With children around, you always run out of steam and each day feels longer than yesterday, but I cut out the negative talk. I refuse to give in to what my mind tells me, I direct my mind to work the way I want it to. That is my key to positive self talk.

Positive self talk - Cultivate it

Mind chatter starts even before you are barely awake. It is important to get this tweaked in the right direction so that you say the right things to yourself.

Whether you like it or not this mind chatter continues through your day. Most of it could be negative and hopeless if you allow your mind to have its way. It will rationally tell you how hard things are and why you cannot do it and so on. Start by putting an end to this negative chatter.

Convert the negative statements in your mind into positive self talk. For example when I have a long work day, I tend to think I would be worn-out by the end of the day. I would tell myself that I love what I do. I have been through this many times and have done extremely well. I am strong inside.

Firstly you need to be aware of this negative self talk to be able to stop it. Each time your mind tells you “You can’t” ask yourself “Why can’t I?” Argue for why you can, bring up examples from the past and strengthen your arguments until your mind shuts up and listens to you.

Self affirmation is an important tool in cultivating positive self talk and positive action. Telling yourself that you are capable, intelligent, quick-to-learn, etc, would help you in becoming more positive towards yourself. Make these statements specific to your situation and write them down on a flash card, carry it with you so that you can remind yourself about them all the time.

Make sure that your statements are in the present tense and not in the future tense. Statements in the future tense could mean that things may or may not happen in the near future.

Once you have your positive self talk on track, keep telling yourself often in the day that you can do it and you can be sure that it will be done for you.

Oftentimes negative talk stems from fear, but you may have to overcome your fears.

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What do you say to yourself each morning using positive self talk

Coming back to the topic of what do you say to yourself each day - once you have mastered the art of positive talk you could ensure that you approach your day well.

Stay in bed for a moment in perfect stillness. Tell yourself of the beautiful day ahead of you, of the lovely things in store for you. Remind yourself of your wonderful family or friends who stand by you all the time.

List out and organize in your mind the tasks that you would like to accomplish that day.

Visually imagine how efficiently and easily you could get them done.

Visualize for yourself the satisfaction that comes from such an achievement and spend time letting those emotions wash over you.

Tell yourself that you can do it, that you will enjoy your day as you go through those task and make this day the most beautiful ever.

Use this visual imagery and those words you say throughout the day especially when you feel stressed out or find it difficult to accomplish some of the tasks. Positive self talk in the mornings as you start your day is possible when you wake up a little earlier than usual and so that you could afford at least 15 mts for this activity. Being relaxed while saying these things to yourself is more important. Studies prove that the emotions that are attached to self talk strengthen your beliefs and direct your path.

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You can have a great day with positive self talk

This exercise is a really worthwhile considering the fact that you are spending just 15 minutes to prepare for your work day of 16 to 18 hours.

Spending time positively in the morning before you start your day is not enough by itself. You would have to remind yourself as often as possible about what you have been saying to yourself that morning. Once you have made a habit of doing this, you would find that your days are more wonderful than before. You have prepared yourself emotionally and psychologically to face the tough challenges of each day.

Take time today to start your day well. Start it with positive self talk.

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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Judy Bee thanks for stopping by.. I appreciate the comment. Have a lovely day!

    • Judi Bee profile image

      Judi Brown 

      6 years ago from UK

      I'm starting in the morning! Thanks for the advice.

      Voted up etc.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Kj force.. Wow! and wow again! I hardly look at the mirror maybe I should do it sometimes...and speak to my friend too.. Thanks for that lovely point that you have shared with us.. I appreciate this very much. Glad to know such positive people and surrounding oneself with positive people is the best thing you could do for yourself. Thank you and have an amazing day/night!

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      kjforce 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I wake up and first thing I do is look in the mirror and say " good morning to my best friend". I see a face that has been there throught the best and worst times. I have always been able to count on her, regardless of the circumstances.She has always given me confidence to do whatever..she is my strength...she is ME !

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Dim, Thank you for that extra positive comment. Please do try it and you are sure to feel as wonderful as you ever could feel.. Have a great day! God Bless!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Brilliat hub. I really need to try to do as you do 1st thing in the morning.

      I can ´´feel´´ a happy person around me only by reading your words.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Debbie, Thanks for looking this up again...That is very sweet of you. I hope to be a positive influence all the time.. LOL :) Have a lovely day and (((((hugs)))) right back at you. God Bless!

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hello Sofs ~ A second visit to return and see how many people your positive thoughts have influenced. Beautiful day. Hugs, Debby

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Uzma, Thanks you for stopping by. I am glad that you found the hub interesting. I appreciate your comment greatly. Have a lovely day.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      very interesting and motivating hub, normally we don't realize that how our thoughts affect our moods and actions.thank you so much for sharing such a valuable information.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Audrey, you are spot on with your observation. Yes, miracles of everyday life could be caused by positive self talk. Hubpages has many positive people and that is what makes this place beautiful. Thanks for the positive comment and compliment. I appreciate that very much. Have a great day!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      The power of positive thinking connects with every cell in our body. Miracles happen everyday through positive, nurturing self-talk.

      You have covered the effects of being positive so well in this hub. A great reminder to us all. Thank you sofs for your own bright, loving positive light!

      Voted up and more.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Acaetnna, glad to have you stop by.. positive self talk isn't all that hard... it is like forming any other habit. Once you have formed your habit there is no turning back... It has seen me through the tough times and the happy times.. and I am greatly devoted to positive self talk. I do appreciate the fact that you are a positive person... Is there any better way to live? Have a great day! God Bless!

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      acaetnna 

      6 years ago from Guildford

      I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. Easier said than done of course but this was a great informative up. Brilliant work, voting up and pressing those buttons too!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Eddy, Thank you for taking time to read and enjoy..All this support has truly helped me..Wow I am at the tail end of the challenge..and then I catch up on my reading. Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Timmathisen, Wow what a great endorsement! It is so true.. life seem ever so beautiful and inviting..no matter what you have to face, when you spend time cultivating positive self talk. Thanks for stopping by and I am sure that your comment would serve as a motivator to other... Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Tim, Thanks for the encouragement and support.. I am glad to have such positive people around..Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Ruby, Thank you for stopping by... once you make it a habit it come to you automatically.. setting a reminder on your phone could help.. I appreciate you bringing up this point. Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Teaches12345, I appreciate your comment and endorsement, a few minutes can really change the way to meet your day. Thanks for the support and the encouragement. Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Debby Bruck, I am glad to have written this and thanks for the inspiration. Years of thinking and remaining positive has helped changed the way life happens... it is a pleasure to share it here.. thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      INFJay,Thanks for stopping by to read and leave a comment. I am glad that you enjoyed this.. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Really enjoyed this gem sofs and an up up and away!!!

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      timmathisen 

      6 years ago

      Good advice. I started doing this a few years ago -- first in the morning, then gradually throughout the day. A couple months later I always found the glass half-full, not half-empty.

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      Tim Nichol 

      6 years ago from Me to You

      You're absolutely spot-on, sofs. Most people don't realize the effect their thoughts and words have on their mood..and not just at that moment. These affirmations you mention do have a profound effect, if you keep at it. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Positive thinking is a great way to start each day, remembering to do that is the key. Great article with a list of good advice. Thank you Sophie..

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I can't think of a better way to start a day than with the suggestions you listed. If we can just take a few minutes to gather our thoughts and focus on the good in life it would make a great difference. Enjoyed reading your hub and suggestions for starting your day right. Voted up.

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      WOW! How exciting that someone wrote a Hub in response to my question. It's a first! I like to way you wrote this up as a "positive" way to start your day. Blessings, Debby

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      Jay Manriquez 

      6 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      Enjoyed reading your hub and the excellent advice. Having a positive outlook/attitude makes for a happy life with residual effects on others.

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