A free tool to maximise your career potential (and you’ve had access to it all along)
Sound familiar? It’s negative self-talk and it can have a stifling effect on your potential. So in this blog we’re looking at the benefits of positive self-talk and how it can help your career.
Talking to yourself is fine; just make sure it’s positive
Your mind is a special effects unit designed to stop you from getting killed, and its weapon of choice is fear. It will use this weapon whenever it senses threat. These days, the threat is more likely to be on your self-confidence than your life – sabre tooth tigers have been replaced by skillsets and rival tribes by talented work colleagues. But the physiological and physiological reactions internally are the same.
From poor self-esteem and low confidence to self-doubt and inadequacy, your mind can conjure up any thought it likes and create strong, emotional feelings to ‘protect’ you. Unfortunately, this gets in the way of progress.
But therein lies the empowering, career-boosting opportunity
If you can create feelings of negativity, you can equally create feelings of positivity.
It might not feel like it, as it races off at the speed of thought, but you have complete control over your mind. The world is ‘inside out’ not ‘outside in’, you decide how you react to situations. The world doesn’t ‘make’ you feel anything and you can choose to be positive in all situations.
When you adopt this viewpoint and base your thoughts on reality – what you know to be true – and not on fear of failure, you’ll begin to expose negative thoughts as simple, fear-driven reactions. You’ll accept that they occur, but they’ll no longer create negative feelings.
Switching to positive self-talk
Positive self-talk is a career building tool that can improve your work performance, productivity and success, and it’s completely free. Here’s how to make the switch to a more positive internal dialogue:
- Start recording daily accomplishments, big and small, because in a busy working environment, wins rarely get the celebration they deserve.
- Write down what makes you unique, what your strengths are and how you’ve used those strengths to get a result. Keep these answers close and read them every day.
- Don’t over-generalize with terms like ‘never’ and ‘always’, be accurate and specific about an issue and don’t indulge in self-pity – keep your reactions based on reality.
- Catch yourself being negative and instead choose to be positive. The more you do this the more it will become second nature. Life’s short and negativity is a waste of energy.
- Be your own biggest fan, no one will sort your career for you so get behind your goals by giving yourself a pep talk when you need it, or at the start of the day. A short, positive statement can go a long way.
Positive self-talk and new jobs
Positive self-talk is particularly beneficial at a time of workplace uncertainty or loss of complete control over your career. This typically occurs when starting a new job or when taking on challenges outside of your established skillset. Tell yourself ‘you got this’ and just do it, you don’t know the future, so don’t write it with negativity – be positive.
Winning athletes visualize themselves winning before they begin. It’s a form of positive self-talk that fills your mind with positive thoughts and useful feelings conducive to success. For instance, if you are preparing for a pitch, visualise yourself confidently delivering it, If you are preparing to finish a big project, then visualise yourself nailing it on time.
With these techniques you can start a more positive internal conversation with yourself and quit wasting time on useless negativity.
©Lumina Coaching Ltd