Among the most powerful influences on your character, personality, and attitude is what you say to yourself and believe.
This inner dialog, or self-talk, can and must be effectively harnessed if you are to maximize your full potential. Harnessing your self-talk doesn’t require magic, just a deliberate effort to align your thought life with God’s best plans for your life.
To fully benefit from self-talk though, you must first understand some mental principles that support it. These mental laws are timeless and are in effect for everyone, everywhere, twenty-four hours a day.
1. Cause and effect. If you want to produce a specific result in your life, you must trace back from that result and identify the cause. The most important application of this principle is that your thoughts are causes and your circumstances are effects.
2. Belief. The principle of belief says that whatever you believe about yourself long enough and deeply enough becomes true for you. You do not believe what you see so much as you see what you have already decided to believe. For the most part, your beliefs produce your life experiences, not the other way around.
3. Subconscious activity. Any emotionally charged thought or idea that is repeatedly held in your conscious mind is interpreted by your subconscious mind as a command. Since the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between truth and fantasy, it accepts verbal input without regard to present reality. It always agrees with and complies with what the conscious mind tells it. Your job is to convince the subconscious that the condition you desire already exists. Once you do that, your subconscious then arouses your awareness to the opportunities around you that are consistent with your goals.
4. Substitution. The conscious mind can hold only one thought at a time, either positive or negative. This means you are always free to choose a better thought than your current thought. Be aware that you cannot eliminate a thought directly. You can do so only by substituting another one for it.
5. Mental equivalency. This principle states that before physical creation, there must first be mental creation. This means that you must develop a vivid mental picture of any goal you hope to achieve in advance of its actual accomplishment.
6. Concentration. The principle of concentration states that whatever you focus on grows and expands. This works for good or for bad, so be careful where you place your mental priorities.
7. Relaxation. Trying too hard mentally actually becomes counterproductive. When you try to force things mentally, your mind freezes up and stops working creatively. Your subconscious absorbs positive self-talk fastest when you are relaxed and unhurried.