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.
For the last few years, I've been fascinated by habit forming, personal development, and the process of "self actualisation" - unlocking the best possible version of yourself. I'm not interested in the sort of "self-help" personal development that focuses on building confidence and "getting what you want in life" - I'm much more interested in systems and frameworks that help people improve themselves over time and achieve clear measurable goals.
Positive psychology has a popular tool for self-empowerment: spoken self-affirmation. Self-talk increases one’s involvement in the process and contributes to one’s emotional regulation and motivation.
Popular books on the law of attraction and the power of the subconscious mind highlight the fact that speaking aloud is a direct way of attracting something from the universe, whether it is favourable to us or not.
This article is an excerpt from Atomic Habits, my New York Times bestselling book. While researching Atomic Habits, I came across a story that immediately struck me with its simplicity and power. It was the story of Oswald Nuckols, an IT developer from Natchez, Mississippi, and his simple strategy for making future habits easy.
If you watch too much television, unplug it after each use. Only plug it back in if you can say out loud the name of the show you want to watch. (Which prevents you from turning on Netflix and “just finding something” to watch.) This setup creates just enough friction to prevent mindless viewing.
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