We tend to underestimate the power of the words we use in the conversations we have with ourselves. You know those conversations we have with ourselves inside our head and even out loud when no one else is around to hear…what we sometimes refer to as “self-talk.” Self-talk can have a huge impact on our confidence and belief in ourselves. It can be positive or negative and have different effects on how we feel. These conversations are essentially us thinking, and the words that we are thinking with are basically the building blocks of our thoughts. So it’s very important that we learn and understand the vocabulary of our experiences and the language we use to explain those experiences to ourselves and to others.
Ask yourself, do you really mean what you say to yourself? Do you realize how powerful your words are and how they affect your mood? Our words can make us feel depressed, anxious, irritable, and angry. They can cause us to have low self-esteem and a poor self-image. If you want to improve your mood, begin using positive and more meaningful words when describing yourself and your experiences in life. Other ways to improve your self-talk can be as simple as listening to what you’re saying to yourself each day, expanding your emotional vocabulary, and being mindful of how you use your words when engaging in self-talk. It is important to remember that the words you use to describe your world are, in essence, what creates it.
For instance, when I start to feel stressed or doubt myself, I tell myself, “I got this because I’m a Rockstar!” It seems silly, I know, but it makes me smile, gives me confidence, and motivates me. I don’t mean or believe that I am actually a Rockstar, but instead that I am “good enough”….No, wait! I am better than “good enough.”