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Talking to Yourself Out Loud: How Your Own Words Shape How You Think

Talking Out Loud

Talking out loud helps spell out your intentions, and provides clarity.

Talking out loud about a problem allows you to better understand the problem, provides a certain detached view of the problem by framing it differently and can help identify possible solutions.

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Talking to Yourself Out Loud: How Your Own Words Shape How You Think

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Systems and Goals

Systems are personal habits that we incorporate into our daily routines.

Building a better system is better than putting additional effort to correct errors, struggling to rise upwards towards one's perceived goal.

Talking to yourself out loud is one example of such a personal system.

Talking Out Loud

Talking out loud helps spell out your intentions, and provides clarity.

Talking out loud about a problem allows you to better understand the problem, provides a certain detached view of the problem by framing it differently and can help identify possible solutions.

Learning

Teaching someone makes us learn the subject well, and we can identify our areas of improvement.

Similarly, self-talking is a great way to learn, as it makes us slow down and be single-minded. This is especially helpful while doing an online course or preparing for an exam.

Decision Making and Time Management

Self-talking can save us a lot of time by getting us out of our procrastination, and wake us up from our distractions. It makes decisions easier and makes us more committed to getting things done.

What we say to ourselves matters

Clearing any self-doubt and removing 'imposter syndrome' from our mind is a huge benefit of self-talking.

If you are feeling inadequate, incompetent, or simply in doubt, practicing self-compassion by giving yourself a pep-talk can work wonders.

Self-Management

We all want to grow every day, become better problem solvers, make decisions, learn new things and then teach them to others, journal about what's going on in our lives and trying to accomplish our goals. All of this requires self-management.

Self-talking as a self-management tool is a proactive approach at our disposal.

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  • Break mission down into objectives. 
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  • Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
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  • Become better at probing other people’s thinking. Ask questions. Simple ones are better. “Why” is the best.
  • Slow down. Make sure you give yourself time to think.
  • Probe yourself. Try and understand if you’re talking about something you really know something about or if you’re just regurgitating something you heard.

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Be in the Right Mindset

To put yourself in the right mindset, you need to:

  • Know your 'why': why is accomplishing this goal important to you.
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Make the Habit a Priority

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You can't hope that your goals will happen to fit into your current schedule, or that by nature you will prioritize it. You have to plan your schedule and block out time. 

Have an Accountability Buddy

An accountability buddy can work really well when you're doing everything else right.

The key is finding someone reliable and truly committed. If you can't find someone to be an accountability buddy, ask your family for support.

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