When it is at its worst, your inner critic sounds like your nemesis. It says things that you would never say out loud to someone else. So, use that recognition to your advantage. Be kind to yourself! Imagine you’re speaking to a close friend. Avoid harsh words or insults. This is a great way to correct negative self-talk.
Be patient with yourself. It often takes considerable repetition to replace your old messages with more constructive wording. Hang in there. Eventually your new affirmations will seem natural and authentic.
Once you get a hang of it, you can begin to bring positive self-talk into your life every single day. At the end of the day, compare how you feel to one of your previous days without positive self-talk.
When you feel overwhelmed with job search stress or fear, force yourself to take a step back and reevaluate your thinking. Tell yourself to relax and remind yourself that you’ll get through it no matter what.
Positive self-talk can shift your attitude by changing your beliefs on a subconscious level. If you focus on a certain belief long enough, eventually the message will get through.
The benefits of a positive attitude are endless. You’ll enjoy having less stress in not just the current job search, but your life in general, and more drive to achieve as well. You’ll feel happier. You’ll have more confidence and higher self-esteem. And it all starts with positive self-talk.