Talk Yourself To Success
Jason E. Johns
There are many things that drive people to success, and a
key factor is what is known as 'internal dialogue'. This is
the dialogue that is constantly playing inside your head.
It's the voice that starts talking as soon as you do something,
meet someone, or think about anything.
In many cases, this voice can be destructive and knock you
down, though it is possible to quite easily harness his internal
dialogue and use it to propel you to the success you desire
You may notice that on occasion the voice is negative in what
it says. For example, you see something you really want to
buy and it says, "You can't afford that." Or you see someone
you are really attracted to and the voice says, "They're way
out of your league, they'll never go for someone like you."
Quite obviously, this does nothing to make you life any better.
Therefore, why not change the content of the voice? When it
says something negative, counter it with a positive suggestion.
For example, when the voice says, "You can't afford that."
Respond mentally in a firm and positive voice with something
like, "How can I afford it?" A question that empowers you
and propels you into positive action.
This may take some time, and you may notice initially you
do not always catch the voice and correct it. However, keep
it up and before you know it, you will have changed the negative
dialogue into a positive, empowering one.
You can also change the tone of the voice. What would happen
if instead of the usual tone of voice saying, "I can't afford
it" you hear the voice of Homer Simpson, or Donald Duck, or
any comic character saying it? You certainly wouldn't listen
to the voice and take it seriously, you would laugh at it
and its power over you would be broken.
This technique can be extended to helping you motivate yourself
to do something. When faced with the washing up, what do you
hear in your head? Do you hear a whiney voice saying something
like, "You really ought to do the washing up or you'll get
into trouble" or a commanding and scary voice saying, "Wash
What would happen if the voice were a soft and really seductive
voice speaking in your head? The sort of voice that gives
you shivers down your back. What if it said something like,
"Let's do the washing up big boy."? How would that motivate
Stephen King, the author, uses this technique with his writing.
When he has to write he hears this very loud and powerful
voice shouting at him as if through a megaphone saying something
like, "WRITE NOW!!!!!" It almost scares him in to writing.
However, you don't need to scare yourself into action. You
can change your internal dialogue to be anything you want;
whatever works best for you to motivate you and help you to
get where you want to be.
Listen to your internal dialogue and play with changing the
tonality, volume and tempo to find the type of voice that
works best for you. Create a number of different types of
voices, one for motivation, one to stop you doing things,
one to make you feel loved, one to make you feel happy and
Mastering your internal dialogue is a major key in mastering
Jason E. Johns is a personal success coach specializing
in helping you to achieve your dreams through an innovative
and compassionate approach. Discover more about how you can
achieve your dreams at his goal
setting website, www.LivingMotivation.com
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