The Power of Positive Self-Talk

There is quite an age gap between myself and my brother so it’s only natural that he provided me with lots of pearls of wisdom along the way…which I promptly rolled my eyes at but secretly stored away for use later in life.

One of those gems was to write down the things I wanted for myself. Kinda like a wish list of goals. He said if I read it aloud each day, the more realistic they’d become. Don’t tell him (cause I’d never hear the end of it), but he’s right. (Love you, Teddy!)

It’s the power of positive self-talk.

It’s so easy to allow negative thoughts to take over. To run us down and make us feel miserable about ourselves. Why is that?

But if we remind ourselves of all the good things we have by writing a gratitude list, and then read that list each and every morning, we’ll have a better day. We’ll remember that things really aren’t as bad as they seem. There can be a silver lining if we look close enough. Something to be grateful for.

If we write down our best qualities and stop focusing on our flaws, and read it before we start our newest project at work or at home, we’ll remember how gifted we are. There are hidden treasures of talents within us just waiting to be discovered.

We can do the same thing for our partners. If you’re in a relationship with an addict and things have hit a rough patch, write down the reasons you fell in love with them…take the addiction out of the equation for a few minutes…and focus on the positive. It helps to remember they’re more than their addiction sometimes.

Do you have a gratitude list? Do you tend to do positive self-talk or negative self-talk?

Quotes of Steven Wright

from Google
Since most Americans will be talking about Thanksgiving and things they're grateful for, I thought I’d go a different direction. I mean, c’mon, I bore you guys with gratitude talk all year long because it’s part of my twelve-step program. Instead, let’s highlight the comic genius of Steven Wright with some of his best quotes:
  • I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
  • Half the people you know are below average.
  • 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

  • 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

  • If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.

  • All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.

  • The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  • I almost had a psychic girlfriend....but she left me before we met.

  • OK, so what's the speed of dark?

  • How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

  • If everything seems to be going well, you've obviously overlooked something.

  • Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

  • When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

  • Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

  • Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

  • I intend to live far, so good.

  • If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

  • Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

  • What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

  • My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

  • Why do psychics have to ask you for your name
  • If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

  • A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
  • Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

  • The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

  • The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

  • The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

  • The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.

  • If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

  • If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?
To my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving and to all my other blogger buddies, be well! I think we'll put our tree up this weekend, anyone else excited about the upcoming holidays? How about shopping? Mine is just about done. We decided to make it a more "economical" Christmas this year so I didn't have much to shop for.

As a side note, my blog will "go quiet" for a bit. I will be taking a break from blogging until after the New Year and focus on my writing. You may see me from time to time but perhaps not. Everyone enjoy your holidays. Merry Christmas and here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year!