10 Ways to Hush the Negative Voice Within

10 Ways to Hush the Negative Voice Within

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Your inner voice can determine how you view life. Your self ­talk is responsible for your dreams and your greatest partner in achieving your goals. How you approach life will determine how happy that life is. Thus positive self-talk begets success while negative talk triggers roadblocks.

It’s true.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.”

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So how do we hush the negative voice within? Psychologist Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, who conducted a study with colleagues at the University of Thessaly, found, “Instructional self-­talk” works best. Motivational speak can help you succeed. Telling yourself “I can do it” will psych you up and keep you on the right track.

Here are 10 strategies that help quiet a negative inner critic:

1 – Name It

Giving your negative thoughts a name, can help you talk to them. This might sound silly but when you humanize your behaviors you can expect human­ type responses.

For instance, if you doubt whether you will get the promotion, talk to your doubts as you would a friend. “George, that’s enough. I know I am qualified, I work hard, and the interview went great. Stop worrying so much and be encouraging while I wait to hear.”

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming. Naming your thoughts gives them less power over you and helps to put the thoughts into perspective.

2 – Change Your Focus

When your negative voice appears, sometimes the best approach is to silence it by changing your focus on to something good. The good will replace the negative and your anxiety and stress levels will decrease.

Taking a few minutes away from something that is creating self­-doubt, can help keep it from spiraling out of control.

3 – Stop Blaming and Start Claiming

A common initial reaction to negativity is to start placing blame. Blaming just fosters the negative voice inside yourself. Claiming responsibility and putting everything into perspective will help quiet the negative voices and put you on a path to creative problem­solving.

4 – Be Patient

Patience can be a struggle when everyone seems to want things yesterday. When you are impatient, you make harsh judgments, rash decisions and give the negative voices room to grow.

Learning to react from a place of calm and contemplation will help create a patient environment for thoughtful action and positive thinking.

5 – Question It

There is no better way to hush the negative voice than by challenging it ­ and you do that with questions. Question it until you get it under control. Use questions like:

So what? Does it really matter and even so, it doesn’t mean it’s true? Who cares? Do I really care about this? Will I care about this in a month? Why not? Why not me and why not now?

And the best question of all time: what’s the worst that can happen? Keep asking questions until the negative voice gives up.

6 – Stop Predicting and Start Anticipating

Many times our negative voice comes by way of predicting results. In order to protect us from disappointment, we often predict the worst-case scenario.

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Instead of predicting, start anticipating the results you want to see happen. When negativity creeps in by way of a prediction, change it to a thought of anticipation.

7 – Take Risks

It seems counter­productive to take a risk when trying to counter your negative voice. Risk is scary, right? You might think that by taking a risk, you are opening yourself up to all sorts of negative self­ talk, but the opposite is true.

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