How To Use Positive Self-Talk To Boost Your Self Image

Self image is how you see yourself. This may be how you see yourself physically or your opinion of who and what you are which is normally called self concept. It is important as it affects your self-esteem and confidence.

Self image includes:

  • What you think you look like
  • How you see your personality
  • What kind of person you think you are
  • What you believe others think of you
  • How much you like yourself or you think others like you
  • The status you feel you have

 

Related: 5 Signals Of Poor Self Image

Self-talk is basically your inner voice, the voice in your mind which says things that you don’t necessarily say out loud. It could be positive or negative.

Self-talk has the capacity to influence your thinking and affect your perspective. It can boost you up or take you down. Athletes use positive self-talk to reach their personal bests.

“I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.” Says legendary Mohammed Ali. He understood the power of positive self talk.

Our actions are inspired by our thoughts. As the Holy Book puts it, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” So, if we can change the way we think, we can begin to change the actions we take.

Positive self-talk is nothing but speaking positive of you. It is having an optimistic voice in your head that always looks on the bright side.

Right from creation, it has always been the nature man to seek personal growth; be it financially, emotionally, physically or spiritually. Hence, practicing positive self talk can help us set in motion actions that will bring us greater rewards.

3 WAYS TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR SELF-TALK

  1. Listen to what you’re saying to yourself-Most often, we don’t always consciously take note of that we’re saying in our mind. The range of things we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. Hence, the first step in improving your self-talk positively is to actually notice what your inner voice is saying. Take some time each day to listen, and even write down, what you’re thinking.
  2. Monitor your self-talk What is the status of your self-talk? Is it more positive or negative? Start questioning your self-talk asking things like:
    • Is there actual evidence for what I’m thinking?
    • What would I say if a friend was in a similar situation?
    • Is there a more positive way of looking at this?
    • Am I keeping everything in perspective?
    • Can I do anything to change what I’m feeling bad about?
  3. Act  Easier said than done, but definitely worth working on. Try by countering your negative thoughts with positive ones. Take for instance, if you think “I’ll never be able to do this”, ask yourself “is there anything I can do that will help me be able to do this?” The truth is, you can do it.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

HOW TO FORMULATE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO BOOST YOUR SELF-IMAGE

Affirmations are positive statements of a desired outcome or goal. They are usually short, focused and believable. By repeating them over and over again, you build pathways into your subconscious mind, opening up the possibility of a new state of thoughts.

Here’s how you can formulate positive affirmations to boost your self-image.

  1. Daily affirmations:The key to succeed in affirming and boost self-image is that we embed these positive statements regularly. I can recommend you to create a habit in applying these statements before going to bed and when you wake up in the morning.
  2. Identify negative assertions: In order to boost your self-image, you must detect all the negative assumptions that have been embedded into your mindset. Each time you find yourself saying some negative statements replace it immediately with positive ones.
  3. Be persistent and consistent: Implementing an affirmation isn’t an easy task. To this reason, you need to be patient and persistent. Only regular practice will result in success.
  1. Having faith: The last, but most important thing to consider when using positive affirmations to boost your self-image is to believe in the phrasings you want to achieve. The statement in itself is nothing without belief. You need to have faith in yourself and your targeted affirmation to let it become true.

 

Related: 5 Quick Tips To Staying Positive

 

EXERCISE:

Go to the mirror, look straight into the eyes of the person you see avoiding all possible distraction, and then confidently say to him/her:

This time is an appointment with you.

I am so very proud of you!

You are the best of your kind!

I love you and I mean it.

You are amazing!

If your mind is telling you bad things about you, don’t listen.

You are just enough. Don’t let anyone judge you based on their criteria.

Go and rule your world!

 

Do you make it a point to say positive things to yourself every day? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

 

 

 

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