Creating Positive Self-Talk

Positive self-talk allows you to recognize, validate, and apply your full potential to all that you are, and do. Also called affirmations (to make something firm), positive self-talk serves as your personal accomplishment scale.


Below are some tips for positive self-talk:

  1. Use the present tense; deal with what exists today.

  2. Be positive – rather than affirming what you don’t want.

  3. Remain personal; self-talk must relate to you and you only.

  4. Keep sentences short and simple.

  5. Go with your gut. If it “clicks”, then just say it. Self-talk should feel positive, expanding, freeing, and supporting.

  6. Focus on new things, rather than changing what is.

  7. Act “as if”; permit yourself to believe the idea is true right now.


If self-talk is new to you, it is a good idea to first think about the things that are wonderful about you, such as:


  • I have someone I love, and we enjoy spending time together

  • I am a mother or father, fulfilled in this role

  • My career is challenging and fulfilling.

  • When I learn something new, I feel proud.

  • I am worthwhile because I breathe and feel; I am aware.

  • When I feel pain, I love, I try to survive. I am a good person.


Identifying and Addressing Strengths and Weaknesses Exercise


  1. Create a list of words and phrases of self-attributes (describing yourself).

  2. Then decide whether they are strengths or weaknesses/positives or negatives.

  3. Re-frame weaknesses/negatives into a message that does not create a negative self-worth and low self-esteem.


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