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Positive Self-Talk as a Tool for Self-Actualization

A new season brings with it a new perspective, fresh ideas, and most importantly a renewed faith in one’s self. Whether we’re talking about literal weather observations or a period in one’s life marked by a transformed outlook, with the right preparation, a new season can be a breath of fresh air. Preparing for a new season requires time to assess our abilities and quantify our goals by calculating how we can achieve them over a period of time. Setting realistic, attainable goals for yourself is half the battle when it comes to achieving the goals while in your new season. However, we may have an idea of what we want but do we have a plan to obtain it?

With respect to taking action, one of the best things you can begin to do for yourself is to speak positively to yourself, or rather, self-talk. Positive self-talk is instant confidence and encouragement. A way of increasing your self-esteem and ultimately reducing stress so that you are poised enough to tackle whatever may come your way. Self-talk can be very rewarding as it raises your self-awareness-which is essential for success, while it is also a tool for achieving your own ‘self-actualization’. Self-actualization is a clinical term first coined by psychologist, Abraham Maslow, referring to fulfilling one’s individual potential, which essentially is what we are all striving for. Achieving our highest individual potential is facilitated by our belief in our abilities; how we see ourselves and what we have actually accomplished in the past. We are our first supporters, and it is our responsibility to use this to our advantage to speak GREATNESS, POSSIBILITY, and SUCCESS into our lives so that we can attain our highest potential. Consider this: all thoughts manifest themselves into things. The more you speak it, the more you can and will bring it to life.

When finding it difficult to engage in positive self-talk, remember this, “whether you think you CAN or think you CAN’T, you’re right” -Henry Ford.

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