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Day 26: The Power of Positive Self-Talk

Dr. Rick Scott discusses how to create positive patterns of self-talk and a simple exercise to start you out.

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Summary

Dr. Rick Scott discusses topics including:

  • How positive self-talk is the antidote to the negative self talk we often experience
  • Dr. Scott describes a simple exercise to document your most negative self talk and identify the positive opposites
  • Dr. Scott explains how to focus on the positive and make this a habit in day to day life

Journaling Assignment

Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.

Questions for Journaling:

  • Write a line down the middle of the page
  • On the left hand side, write down your most negative self-talk and self-criticism
  • On the right hand side, write down the exact opposites, for example:
    • Negative: I’m unsuccessful
    • Positive: I’m highly successful
  • Circle the two most important positive self-talk phrases; close your eyes and imagine these in your minds eye
  • How can you shift to these positive messages when you experience your usual negative self-talk?
  • On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today?