SELF TALK

Happy new week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

Relax!”, “Stay calm!!”, “Eyes on the ball”, “Keep focused!!!”

These words are familiar I guess you can relate. Either from a coach, a spectator or as self-talk. Sometimes I wish I could accompany these words with a dirty slap or knock on my head whenever I make the wrong moves.

Research indicates that people, on average, speak to themselves at a rate of between 300 and 1,000 words per minute. 

self-talk, constant internal dialogue is a powerful tool that affects us all, directing how we feel, which subsequently influences our behavior and actions.

It is not difficult to realize that we have voices in our head. The real trick is figuring out what type of self- talk you have, how beneficial or destructive it is to your performance and then changing it, if needs be, to work to your advantage.

Self-talk is one of the main performance enhancement techniques athletes use to increase performance. It is also one of the easiest to understand but also the most difficult to incorporate and to maintain training.  It has also been widely endorsed as a performance enhancement tool in the sport psychology literature. Implementing self-talk interventions successfully, however, requires some understanding of how, when, why, and for whom self-talk interventions are likely to be effective.

Self-talk comes about when the mind is exposed to a particular situation and decides to voice it’s inner thoughts, whether positive or negative. Positive self-talk can increase adrenaline levels and refocus the mind. They increase confidence and reinforce self-belief while returning the state, mind, and body back your optimal performance level.

Mental training requires practice and as such, Self-talk can only be effective if practiced on a regular basis.   

To train the mind to engage in positive talks looks straight forward on paper but requires techniques and practice. Our thoughts, our emotions, and our actions can be influenced if we practice and train this aspect of mental training.

Practice makes us determine the effectiveness of our own identified self-talk, also when and how it can be effectively applied to a different individual.

“Idiot!!”, “How can you?!!” What the hell was that? These words may seem negative to some people but effective for some.

For me, some of the phrases I use appear negative but for me, they actually act as motivational cues for when I am extremely stressed. However, the timing of these phrases matters.

We also need to learn to listen to themselves. Our thoughts will definitely shed some light on you as individuals give us all the clues on how to direct further mental training for our performance.

Self-talk can either be positive or negative. While positive thoughts will produce positive emotional reactions, such as excitement, determination, and relaxation, On the other hand, negative thoughts will harvest negative emotional reactions like anxiety, sadness, and hopelessness

Self-talk produces a physical response which results in physical reactions. We may try the famous psychologist Albert Ellis’s ABC model.​

In conclusion, the way we address our phrases is important than the phrase itself,

For instance, imagine yourself playing in a high profile match and screaming to yourself “Relax!”, “Stay calm!!”, and “Keep focused!!!” – even though these words are positive, the overall effect of your inner dialogue is negative.

The tone of your phrase is just as important as the actual words, so pay attention to both the phrase and the tone.

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