Successful people part 11

we talk to ourselves all day long, and the nature and content of our self-talk is a major factor in our level of success. Our natural bent in the all day long conversation that we have with ourself is selfish, negative, and critical. We naturally and easily feel sorry for ourselves and in our self-talk “I am so tired”, “I am not being treated fairly”, “why am I doing this anyway”, is common. Angry , self-pity,  bitter, critical, judgmental, immoral, covetous, and prideful self-talk does not motivate us to endurance, and accomplishment, but we talk ourselves into being quitters, unfaithful, and mediocre in what we do. The wrong kind of negative, and self destructive conversation with ourself will happen without effort or thought because we are programmed that way by the world. Successful people have developed the discipline and skill of hearing themselves and changing the inner conversation quickly to be positive, affirming, and tough. Proverbs says “as a man thinks within himself, so he is”. I do this by memorizing Bible verses that correspond to every area of negative self-talk that I do, and when I hear myself starting in a wrong direction I choose to start mentally meditating on a passage of scripture. An example is when I think “boy, I am so tired” I go over Psalms 18:31-34 a number of times thinking about each word and its application to me,” For who is God but the Lord, and who is a rock except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless, He makes my feet like mountain goats feet and sets me upon my high places, He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze”. It really does work. We are what we think about. We talk ourselves into who we are.

 

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