The Incredible Power of Self Talk

What we say to others is not nearly as important as what we say to ourselves. All day, every day, our minds are flooded with thoughts that direct us to leading the lives that we live. This self talk determines our success, and our failures.

If you want to make an improvement in any aspect of your life; whether related to health, fitness, career success or personal accomplishments, start by changing your self talk – you may be surprised to see what happens.

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What is Self Talk?

We talk to ourselves at the rate of 150-300 words a minute, or, nearly 50,000 thoughts per day. While you are reading these words you are having a simultaneous dialog about what you think of this writing while also being distracted by the most important items on today’s “to do” list as well as other pressing matters.

This internal thinking, or, SELF TALK, occurs through the conscious area of our mind.

What most people are unaware of is our self talk becomes instructions to our SUBCONSCIOUS, whose duty is to carry out the “orders” given to it by the CONSCIOUS area of our mind. The subconscious is our own personal servo-mechanism that works on our behalf 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Related Article: The Power of Positive Thinking

How Self Talk Works

Imagine an ocean liner crossing the sea with the captain of the ship barking our commands to the crew who may be located in the hold of the ship, below the water line unable to see where the ship is going.

The captain is analogous to the conscious area to the mind. In this example, the crew is like the subconscious.

So when the captain commands to the crew, “Full speed ahead, 15 degrees to the North, etc., “, the crew simple responds, “Aye Aye, Sir” and carries out its orders precisely. The crew does not care if it runs the ship into the rocks, collides with another vessel, or, gets the ship safely to its destination. It is totally non-judgmental and does not question “The Boss”, who in this example is the captain of the ship.

This is a powerful metaphor of the relationship between the conscious and subconscious areas of the mind. These are not two separate minds, but, two spheres of the same mind.

So, what we say to ourselves or how we may describe ourselves

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10 thoughts on “The Incredible Power of Self Talk

  1. hang on a minute – I didn’t get ‘what I want’ when my elder brother (fitter and much healthier than me) died in an accident last Christmas eve. Neither did I get what I ‘expected’ to get. I has been a heck of a shock and has destroyed how I ‘expected’ my life to go in the near to medium future, at the least..
    Your thesis seems to assume that the things that happen in our lives and, as a result, shape our lives, are somehow always brought into being by ourselves, and not by events and causes independent of what we ourselves do. A fundamentally self-absorbed and self-centered viewpoint. ‘You are the master of your own existence!’..Really? Sorry, mate; most of the time, for most of us, we’re not. Stuff just happens.

  2. I didn’t know any of this until I read “The Incredible Power of Self Talk” but it makes sense. I’m hooked now and want to know more. Thanks.

  3. I have applied this idea for my entire life, having never realised until today that someone has studied it to any degree. I have exposed it to my children who have applied it in their lives. I believe the idea has material merit unfortunately it’s kind of fatalist in its proof.
    However think of it this way, as this is something i can attest to. Merely believing you can achieve something and reaffirming this in how you discuss with yourself provides the positive approach that more often than not produces the positive outcome. To this I can attest. I discuss this with my children and they would concur if only around the positive approach and outcome link. Try it guys what have you got to lose, no one even knows you are doing it. :-) perfect for the not so sure :-)

  4. This may sound like fiction but in my case it is a reality. I asked my doctor why I itch so much when I go to bed each night. He said it was my nerves and when I went to bed this is the time when I am completely relaxed. He was right. When I lay down I tell my brain that I don’t want to itch there anymore and it took a couple of weeks and sure enough it worked. I’ve done this for different reasons but little change took place, or so I thought. In a nutshell, me (my conscious) mind told my subconscious mind what to do. I didn’t know any of this until I read my email info on this. Try it!!!

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