Fired Up: How to Stay Motivated – Part 4

If you’re going to get motivated and stay motivated to pursue your goals and dreams, you must master the external factors and internal factors of motivation, the two sides of the motivation “coin”, which were topics of the previous posts of this series.

At the intersection of these external and internal factors, you find this very important element: your speech, more specifically, your self-talk.

What you say to yourself matters. The way you speak to yourself when no one is there. The discussions you have with yourself when you’re walking in the streets. The words you ruminate when you’re lying in bed at night. It matters.

Your self-talk affects your motivation; there’s great power in your tongue.

When it comes to motivation, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. And it depends largely on the way you speak to yourself.

The words of others are far less powerful than your own—at least when it comes to defining your state. You can always refuse to accept the disempowering messages of others. But it’s hard to escape your own words.

Speaking to yourself in a derogatory way can sap your motivation and sink you. By your words, you can put shackles at your own feet and handcuffs on your wrists.

The good news is that you can control your self-talk and make sure that it’s helping not hindering you.

To stay motivated, you must learn to speak to yourself in an empowering way. Repeat inspiring affirmations daily. Don’t allow negative thinking to pollute your mind. Enough people endeavor to speak negatively about you already; you don’t need to join that choir and speak negatively to and about yourself.

Pay attention to the conversation happening in your mind. Do you hear an inspiring conversation or a demoralizing one? As I said, if you want to stay motivated, you’ll have to control your self-talk.

High performers use self-talk to their advantage. You’ll see them at the Olympics mumbling to themselves before they perform. You’ll see them

Self-talk is neither good nor bad. It just is. It all depends on what you talk about.

To maintain a high level of motivation, strive to empower yourself with your self-talk. Even when no one offers you words of encouragement, encourage yourself. Look yourself in the mirror or on your smartphone (“selfie-style”) and repeat positive messages. Be your own cheerleader.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.