This is a brief exercise that can help anyone develop a more positive attitude.
Negative self-talk can be more prevalent than one realizes as the day goes by. The first thing to do is to become aware of some of the unkind words that we use to describe ourselves as we go about our daily lives. As you become aware of this thinking:
- make a list of 3 to 5 words that you use to negatively describe yourself. They can be anything. Some examples I have heard are: stupid, ugly, unsuccessful, procrastinator, just to name a few. (We can be pretty unforgiving to ourselves sometimes).
- next, take the 3-5 words that you wrote, and find the opposite words. In my example they would be: smart, beautiful, successful, self-motivated.
- Now make a sentence using the three words that are most important to you. Again, using the example, the sentence may be: I am smart, beautiful and successful!
That will be your affirmation for the day. Use it as a mantra. Say it to yourself 10 times when you wake up in the morning, 10 times when you go to bed at night, and 10 times any time during the day when you find yourself thinking those negative things about yourself.