If you read up on any ‘high performers’ you’ll find that the mental game plays a key role in their performance.
Self talk can be quite a determining factor.
Here is how Shad Helmstetter puts it…
“What is Self-Talk and how does it work? The definition of Self-Talk can be simply stated: Self-Talk is a way to override our past negative programming by erasing or replacing it with conscious, positive new directions. Self-Talk is a practical way to live our lives by active intent rather than by passive acceptance….
....With Self-Talk, we have a way to give new directions to our subconscious minds by talking to ourselves in a different way, consciously reprogramming our internal control centers with words and statements which are more effective, more helpful to every part of us that we would like to improve. The Self-Talk statements paint a new internal picture of ourselves as we would most like to be.”
We do this all the time with our children, especially on the way to school. By the time we arrive for the most part they are ready to launch into class.
They’ve internalized the process so much that they’ve started leading this little fun self talk process all by themselves.
What kinds of things would you like to say to yourself….repeatedly that is?