Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Most writers engage in negative self-talk. Very few writers engage in positive, uplifting self-talk. Most successful writers, however, engage in a lot more positive self-talk than unsuccessful writers. They achieve their writing goals by believing that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to accomplish.

Pessimists, on the other hand, are very different writers. They don’t believe that they can accomplish anything worthwhile. They feel inadequate, and their self-talk is mostly negative in nature. They feel like they were born on the wrong side of the railroad tracks, so to speak, and because of this they will never achieve their writing goals.

Most pessimistic writers suffer from negative self-talk quite a bit of the time. They keep telling themselves that they won’t amount to anything, and that they won’t achieve anything great. This kind of negative attitude can negatively affect whether or not writers will achieve their overall writing goals.

Here are a few tips to ensure that your self-talk doesn’t hinder your goals.

1. Practise having a positive attitude as much as possible. This is not easy for many writers to achieve at first because beginning writers tend to be very uncertain all the time. But some of the habits that you are developing can affect your whole writing life. So, take the time to really create a positive attitude and outlook. This will really help you to develop positive self-talk as well over time which will in turn help you to achieve your writing goals in the long-run.

2. Befriend your inner voice. Be kind to it at all times. Writers all too readily criticize themselves. That little inner voice inside of them has very little to say that is positive during a writer’s life. You should take steps to oust some of these negative voices.

3. Practise saying positive affirmations as often as possible. By practising positive affirmations, writers could get beyond the negativity that they are feeling. A few positive things that you can say are: I know I can do this; I am capable; I am bright; I can have great writing partners. These positive affirmations will help you to achieve your writing goals much more readily.

4. Believe that you can accomplish whatever you want, even if you have to fake it at first. Sometimes, it is best to keep your thoughts positive, even if you don’t know the exact outcomes of your actions yet. Your thoughts can affect whether or not you achieve your goals. And the more positive your thoughts are in the present, the more capable of achieving your goals will you be in the future.

So, set your writing goals high and believe that you’ll achieve them. If you believe that you can and you are positive about your writing goals, you will most likely achieve them. By following the four tips above writers could develop positive self-talk to achieve their writing goals.

Irene S. Roth

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