5 LEVELS OF SELF TALK
Self-Talk is a way to over-ride our past negative programming by erasing or replacing it with conscious, positive new direction.
Self-Talk is a practical way to live our lives by active intent rather than by passive acceptance. It offers us the chance to stop being the old self and start to become a different, better self, a self which is no longer the product of conditioned response, but governed instead by personal choice.
There are several kinds of Self-Talk. Each of us, each day, may use any of five different levels of self-talk.
Each level is specific and distinct from others. Some of the levels work for us and some work against us. The more you know about each of them, the faster and more easily you will be able to master using the right kind of Self-Talk for yourself.
LEVEL 1 SELF-TALK – THE LEVEL OF NEGATIVE ACCEPTANCE
(I can’t……..) This is the most harmful because you say something bad or negative and then you accept it. This represents everything from our simplest misgivings to our worst fears we have about ourselves. It is crippling to say the least.
LEVEL 2 SELF-TALK – THE LEVEL OF RECOGNITION, NEED TO CHANGE
(I need to……I should…..) This level is very beguiling. On the surface it looks like it should work, but instead it works against us. This level of self talk we state to ourselves and others our recognition of our need to change. This recognizes a problem but creates no solution…..Finish the sentence….. “I need to…….but I’m not!” This self talk creates guilt and disappointment.
LEVEL 3 SELF TALK – THE LEVEL OF DECISION TO CHANGE
(I never……I no longer…..) This is the first level that works for you instead of against you. You recognize and make a decision to change. You learn to state in the present tense as though the change has taken place. You are beginning to rephrase old negatives and telling your subconscious mind to change.
LEVEL 4 SELF TALK – THE LEVEL OF THE BETTER YOU
(I am……) This is the most effective Self-Talk. This is the kind that is used the least and needed the most! You are painting a new and completed picture of you, the way you really want to be. Yes I can. I am!
LEVEL 5 SELF TALK – THE LEVEL OF UNIVERSAL AFFIRMATION
(It is……) This is the Self-Talk that is “oneness with God”. Unity of spirit. Those who understand something greater….truly understand!