In order to promote the 2015 Terminator Genisys movie, WAZE offered (for a limited time only) The Terminator as a voice option. If you don’t know, WAZE is a GPS app that gives you directions while driving your car. I downloaded it so I could hear Arnold Schwarzenegger say, “Hasta la vista, Baby” at the end of every trip! How fun! Too bad our self talk isn’t always that much fun.
What is Self Talk?
Self talk is the way we talk to ourselves. Have you ever listened in to the tone of the voice and the words you use to communicate to yourself? When you comment about your body, the foods you ate, and the way you behaved, are you using a gentle coaching voice or an angry scolding voice?
Here’s the difference. The angry scolding voice sounds like, “I can’t believe you ate all of that. You’re such a pig. You’ll never be able to get back into running like you talked about.” That’s not motivation – that’s a put-down! Scolding makes you feel bad, and does not drive you to action. The gentle coaching voice, like a kindly aunt, would say, “Ok, it’s over and done. So, what are you going to do now? I bet a walk would feel good. What can you do differently next time?” This gentler voice will help you get back on track.
Do you want to learn more about self-talk? Read this article.