With Super Bowl 49 airing this weekend, you should know that you’re just like professional athletes.
Okay, maybe not entirely. You probably won’t be this weekend’s MVP or perform a miracle on ice, but we all have at least one thing in common: our behaviors are motivated by our thoughts and beliefs. Our beliefs have such an impact on our performance that there are people and businesses ready to sell you tips and locker room speeches!
Affirmations and are short, simple, easy to implement, and don’t cost a thing. Past research shows that using affirmations can infuse hope and goals into our daily lives, enhance our performance, and help us correct our mistakes. New research, however, suggests that there is a more effective way to motivate yourself: Interrogative Self-Talk. This method uses a Q&A technique that you can play out in your mind, on paper, or with someone you trust.
Take a few moments to follow these steps and practice the technique for yourself:
Now that you’ve got some new self-talk, incorporate the questions and answers into your life each day. You can start by reciting them aloud, meditating on them quietly, or sharing them with someone you trust. I have had clients write out some of their ideas and strategically place them around their homes and work spaces. Here are some of their most creative places:
The next time you find yourself in need of a pep talk, consider the Interrogative Self-Talk method. And please remember that counseling can be a wonderful, safe place to practice and process!