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circumstances?" Then replace your negative thoughts with realistic, positive thoughts---and write those down too. Soon you'll stop that self-talk in mid-sentence. If you have difficulty changing your self-talk, you may have clinical depression, and a psychotherapist could help you. Affirmations One way to reprogram your self-talk is by repeating positive affirmations until you begin to get a good sense of what positive thinking really sounds like. What we most often tell ourselves can become a self- fulfilling prophecy. If you want to explore the power of positive affirmations, follow these guidelines. 1. Personalize your affirmations with words like "I," "me," and "my." You can't always control circumstances or other people, so make your affirmations about what you can control---yourself. Make your affirmations state your own goals, wants, and values---not someone else's. 2. Affirmations are best stated in the present tense, because, if affirmations are in future tense ("I will...") your subconscious mind feels no urgency to act NOW. If you feel like a hypocrite stating affirmations in the present tense (as in "I am slender and healthy") then state your affirmations as a process (as in "Each day I am becoming more slender and healthier.") 3. Make your affirmations believable and realistic. Begin with small, obtainable goals, and work your way up to bigger accomplishments. "My self control is perfect." is probably more believable as "I have self-control most of the time." 4. State affirmations in the positive. To say "I won’t have a bad report card," only focuses your attention on the behavior you want to avoid. Instead say "My report card will be good." 5. Make affirmations short and easy to remember. 6. Repeat your positive affirmations often and positive thinking will become routine.
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As you improve your self-talk; commit to changing your actions to reach your goals. We must change our thinking as well as our behaviors.
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