Do You Also Talk to Yourself?

Please say you do. I’d like to feel slightly less weird than I know I am…

 

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with talking to yourself. Out loud. In public.

 

But in case you do, you might want to check out the idea of self-talk – which is talking to yourself, but can totally take place in your mind.

 

Which doesn’t make you crazy. It actually allows you to control yourself and choose your actions and reactions based on what you really want.

 

Without going into a long “why” or “how” (I don’t really know why or how), let me just say this:

 

Self-talk works.

How do I know?

 

In high school, a friend and I decided that reading a self-improvement book together each night was a great way to keep in touch. For reasons unknown, when we went to the bookstore, we picked out a book called “Conversations with Yourself” by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin (don’t be scared off by the “rabbi” part, this book is for everyone).

 

I’m so glad we did.

 

The book is lengthy, and we sometimes we wondered if it was unnecessarily repetitive, but then I noticed that my thought processes were literally changing. I was becoming aware of what I was thinking – in essence, what I was telling myself, and once I tuned in to that, I was able to change it.

 

Controlling your thoughts – controlling what you tell yourself – can absolutely change your reality, not just your perception of it.

 

It has been a long time

 

since I read the book, Conversations with Yourself, but what I’ve gained from it – mastery over my own stream of consciousness, deciding what to think – I’m experiencing the benefits every day.

 

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Please note that this post is in Joy Blog (in addition to Log of Features) because whether you want to pick up this book or not, you’re capable of making a change to your self-talk, choosing to become more aware of it, and allowing yourself to choose how you live. The book helps, but you can do this no matter what.

 

Here’s a note from the book description on Amazon:

“Most people unconsciously engage in internal self-talk, and in this book, best-selling author Rabbi Zelig Pliskin guides the reader to achieve conscious awareness of meandering mental chatter and to transform it into a steady stream of purposeful thought. After reading the first three chapters of Conversations with Yourself, you will sense yourself achieving more and harnessing a power you never realized you had.”

 

Have you ever engaged in self-talk? Have you read this book, or another self-empowering book you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments or contact me directly!

 

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