WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR MIND
Nothing can stop the self-talk that flows endlessly through your mind. Your inner voice is like a sports commentator who won’t stop talking and refuses to go away. He will relentlessly comment on how you play the game of life until the day you die.
Any attempt to squelch the inner voice is doomed to failure. It’s a gift that never stops giving.
This voice from the past is in replay mode during all your waking hours. Escape from it is impossible, and there are no mental earplugs that can silence it.
Drugs and alcohol may temporarily muffle and distort the sound, but when the chemicals wear off, the voice is still there.
Although you can’t stop the inner voice, you can always influence it, and often can control what it has to say.
You must know what to say when your mind talks to you, and know what to say when you talk to your mind.
YOU HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR MIND
You have a lot of things to discuss with your mind, and Maximum Strength Positive Thinking tells you what you should be talking about.
If you don’t like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you have the power to change the message.
The problem isn’t the voice; it’s what the voice has to say.
SUPREME LAW OF CHANGE
In my second book, Programmer’s Manual for Your Mind, I introduced you to the Supreme Law of Change. This law states, “You can change who you are by changing what you put into your mind.”
The Supreme Law of Change is incredibly powerful and makes your life better or worse depending upon what you put into your mind.
This law is irrevocable and unavoidable. You can’t walk around it or escape from it. It’s ever present and controls the outcome of your life. This law hides in plain sight and is so obvious that hardly anyone pays attention to it.
Everyone has the opportunity to make their life better by putting good things into their mind. Instead, people ruin their lives by polluting their minds with the toxic waste of the twenty-first century.
These people join the ranks of the Life Long Disoriented. Their lives are full of anxiety and stress as they let Hollywood and the media dump the garbage in. Their dreams have become nightmares, because of what they allow to enter their mind.
If you don’t want to join the ranks of the Life Long Disoriented, you absolutely must control what goes into your mind. There is no other way.
YOUR MISSION - IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is clear. You must do two things.
First, you must not allow toxic waste and garbage to enter your mind.
This is a monumental task, because there is so much of it out there coming at you from so many different directions. Nevertheless, you must do it if you want to take control of your life and live your dreams. Your survival depends on it.
Second, you must put positive and empowering thoughts into your mind.
That is what Maximum Strength Positive Thinking is all about. It’s full of powerful positive thoughts that you need to have in your mind.
You are engaged in mortal mental combat, and who you are is at stake. This isn’t a game, and if you lose, then who you are dies. The world will take you, compress you into its mold, give you permanent membership in the Life Long Disoriented, and who you are today will become a distant memory.
THE LAW OF POSITIVE SELF-TALK
Would you like to make a life and live your dreams?
Would you like to achieve excellence in at least one area of your life?
Would you like to be yourself, and actually feel good about who you are?
Would you like to live as if you are a great person?
Would you like to act as if your dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen?
If your answer to these questions is yes, you need to learn the Law of Positive Self-Talk and apply it to your life.
What is the law?
The Law of Positive Self-Talk states: “You can change who you are by changing what you say when you talk to your mind.”
Believe it or not, you can actually change the way you think and feel by changing what you say when you talk to yourself.
This law gives you the power to put positive things into your mind and push your inner voice in a positive direction.
You don’t need to be constantly harangued by a negative inner voice that beats you down and makes you miserable.
You can change it so that it becomes positive and makes it easier to live your dreams.
You have the power to make your inner voice into your best friend rather than an irritating presence that you must endure.
If you don’t like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you need to use positive self-talk to change the message. It’s that simple.
SELF-TALK IS YOUR ROADMAP TO THE FUTURE
What role will self-talk play in your life? Will it lift you up or take you down? Will it make your life easier or more difficult? Will it make your life better or worse? Will it take you to your dreams or nightmares?
What you say to your mind is your roadmap to the future. Each word takes you to a specific destination.
If your self-talk is positive, it takes you to a positive one.
If it’s negative, it takes you where you don’t want to go.
Self-talk gives you the power to control the focus of your mind.
What you say to your mind pushes your thoughts in a specific direction, and you get to choose the direction. Be sure what you say takes you where you want to go.
Your mind is at the mercy of what you say to yourself.
Your self-talk creates a mental focus that starts a cascade of new thoughts rushing through the corridors of your mind.
The first time you use positive self-talk, it pushes your mind in a positive direction for only a few seconds.
When you repeat it, it pushes your mind in a positive direction for minutes, or even hours.
If you consistently repeat positive self-talk, you can remain positive for the rest of your life.
TWO INNER VOICES
Two inner voices control the direction of your life.
The first voice is your mind talking to you, and it’s an echo from your past. It repeats everything that has ever entered your mind. This inner monologue is the voice of your mind in replay mode. It’s pure output from your memory banks into your stream of consciousness.
The second voice is you talking to your mind. This voice gives you the power to change who you are by changing what you say when you talk to your mind. It gives you the power to reprogram your mind with positive and empowering beliefs one thought at a time.
THE FIRST VOICE - YOUR MIND TALKING TO YOU
The first voice is your mind talking to you.
It’s a voice from the past that continually reminds you about who you are, and what you can and cannot do.
It replays all the beliefs installed in your mind by your parents and culture.
The first voice doesn’t discriminate between beliefs that are true or false.
Often its message is irrational and self-destructive. Nevertheless, the first voice doesn’t care. It’s simply in replay mode and makes no attempt to critically assess the message.
Whether your beliefs are true or false is irrelevant to your mind while it’s in replay mode. Once it latches on to a belief, it tenaciously clings to it and treats it as if it were true.
When your mind is in replay mode, it doesn’t split hairs over the veracity of what it’s saying.
Your inner voice is a backward look into your past. It reflects all of the thoughts you have had up until the present. In it, you find all of the limitations that have prevented you from being all you can be and living your dreams.
The lingering immature ideas from your childhood and youth surface in that internal monologue.
When you became an adult, you didn’t leave all that mental baggage behind. It’s still present and constantly asserts itself in your self-talk.
This backward look can either help or hurt you.
If you listen to what it has to say and believe the message, you will join the Life Long Disoriented and adopt a lifestyle dominated by the limitations of the past. This ancient self-talk will shackle you to the problems of the past, and your dreams will recede into the distance. Your limiting beliefs will trap you in a time warp in which every day is a replay of all the days that went before. Instead of living three hundred and sixty five new days each year, you will live one day three hundred and sixty five times, and you will do it for the rest of your life, repeating your old mistakes, trapped in the limitations of the past.
About five percent of people listen to their inner voice, and what they hear motivates them to change.
Nothing could ever convince them to adopt the limitations of the past and to join the Life Long Disoriented.
When their inner voice starts its litany of limitations, these people say, “Thanks for telling me that,” and then they banish those limitations from their mind.
THE SECOND VOICE - YOU TALKING TO YOUR MIND
The second voice is what you say when you talk to your mind. This voice changes who you are by changing what you put into your mind.
You don’t have to wait for years to make your life better. You can do it today using positive self-talk.
What you say when you talk to yourself changes who you are right now, and it guarantees that your future will be different from your past.
Not only will it be different, it will also be better if you put positive things into your mind.
Self-talk contains the script for the rest of your life. That script goes straight into your memory banks, and you replay it dozens of times each day.
Some people denigrate positive self-talk, implying it’s a trip to Pollyanna. They mock and accuse you of looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.
These cynics and critics have a bias in favor of negative self-talk. As long as you tell yourself everything you cannot do, your self-talk is perfectly acceptable. But the moment your self-talk turns positive, you become the object of their scorn. They regard positive self-talk as a sign of weakness. To them, it’s nothing but internal hype. They will tell you to grow up and leave fantasyland behind. Face reality and accept the world as it is. Stop all that foolish palaver about unlimited potential and living your dreams.
One of the smartest things you will ever do is to ignore the voice of the cynics and critics.
Most of them live in Nowhere Land and have never done anything positive with their lives.
They are not qualified to advise you about your self-talk or your potential for greatness. You don’t want them to write the script for your life.
YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO WRITE YOUR OWN POSITIVE SELF-TALK
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking contains powerful self-talk that pushes your mind in a positive direction.
Fifteen minutes a day of positive self-talk supplies your minimum daily requirements of positive thoughts necessary to maintain a healthy mind.
The more times you repeat it, the better your life becomes, and the faster it improves.
This book doesn’t contain the specific self-talk that takes you to your specific dream. Only you can write a purpose, plan, and dream big enough to last a lifetime. You are the only one qualified to design the self-talk that takes you to your particular dream.
You don’t need to be a genius or hire a consultant to write your positive self-talk.
You have been creating it on your own for your entire life, and now isn’t the time to start believing you don’t know how.
If you have a purpose, plan, and dream, you have everything required to write excellent self-talk.
POWERFUL SELF-TALK COMES NINETY PERCENT FROM THE HEART
Powerful self-talk comes ninety percent from the heart and ten percent from the head.
For most people, emotion is the most powerful component of the language of the mind.
There is a world of difference between saying, “Take this job and shove it,” compared with saying, “I have decided to quit my job.” The world of difference comes from the emotional impact of the first statement compared with the second.
The first statement is packed full of emotion and evokes the image of power and self-assurance.
The second statement is devoid of emotion, and, in comparison, sounds lame.
Make sure your self-talk comes from your heart rather than just from your head. Don’t waste your time or do things the hard way by using self-talk that lacks power.
Usually it’s better to state self-talk in positive terms rather than negative. You want its focus to take you in a positive direction rather than a negative one.
Your self-talk will be more effective if it’s specific, and if it uses all of the sensory modalities of the language of the mind. If it has strong auditory, visual, and emotional components, it will have a greater impact.
Powerful self-talk lets you hear the sound of your dreams while you watch them on the motion picture screen of your mind, and it lets you feel their motivating power. Positive self-talk allows you to say your dreams, see your dreams, and feel your dreams even before they happen.
Read books on how to write powerful self-talk and take their advice when it’s helpful. But don’t become enslaved to writing self-talk to a formula that is supposed to work according to the experts. Sticking to formulas guarantees that your scripting will feel stiff and artificial.
Good self-talk is more like poetry than prose. It should be music to your ears, rather than a cognitive assessment of where you need to go, and what you need to do.
The most effective self-talk contains powerful thoughts written into a melody that you enjoy singing to yourself all day long. You repeat it many times each day because it has the ring of truth and moves you in the direction of your dreams.
IT TAKES TIME TO GET USED TO YOUR NEW SELF-TALK
When you first start using positive self-talk, it often feels hollow and false. That’s because you are talking about things you have not yet done. You are talking about destinations you plan to visit.
Self-talk isn’t about where you are, or where you have been. It’s about where you are going.
People who have climbed Mount Everest talked to themselves about climbing it for thousands of hours before they actually did it. Their self-talk started out as an unreal fantasy that seemed improbable or impossible. Nevertheless, everyone who has been to the top started out at the bottom with a tiny thought in their mind. They were thousands of miles from the summit with the thought, “I believe I can climb Mount Everest.” At first, the Everest talk was only a fantasy, but eventually, it became a reality. That’s the way self-talk works.
You have many mountains to climb, and it will take thousands of hours of positive self-talk to arrive at the top.
At first, you will feel uncomfortable talking about all you are going to do. Nevertheless, that’s the only way to reach the top. All worthwhile achievements begin as a thought.
When you stand on the mountaintop of achievement, your self-talk no longer feels contrived or artificial. It feels right and has the ring of truth. You have been climbing Everest in your mind for a long time. When you actually do it, you are trekking up a familiar path that you have already walked thousands of times in your mind.
Self-talk allows you to write and practice the script that outlines the rest of your life.
When you repeat positive self-talk, you practice the thoughts and attitudes that take you to the top.
Self-talk is a powerful tool for reprogramming your mind.
It gives you the power to control the focus of your thoughts. It’s easy to use and pushes your thoughts from where you are and directs them to where you want to be.
What you say to your mind will either make or break you. It will take you to the mountaintop of achievement or valley of despair.
Maximum Strength Positive Thinking is full of positive self-talk that takes you to a positive destination. It shows you how to make a life and how to run your mind. It teaches you how to change who you are by changing what you say when you talk to your mind. It empowers you to break the back of negative thinking and to push your mind in a positive direction.
Put Maximum Strength Positive Thinking into your mind, and your life will never be the same.
Remember, if you want to become a positive person, nobody can stop you.