Negative self-talk: tips to turn the tide

If you are hoping to see the best results from your workout program and maintain your diet, negative self-talk is something that has to go.

If you are hoping to see the best results from your workout program and maintain your diet, negative self-talk is something that has to go.

Far too many people suffer from self-talk, often without even realizing it, and this form of language can really set you back over time if you aren’t careful.

Self-talk is going to erode your self-confidence and your belief in your ability to do what you need to do. The more often it occurs, the less and less you will come to firmly believe that you will actually accomplish the goals that you set for yourself.

So let’s go over some fast ways that you can combat self-talk so that you are optimizing your fitness progress.

Reframe the self-talk

The very first thing that you should be doing is reframing the self-talk. For instance, if you state that you will “never be able to stick to your diet,” you would change this to be a statement about, “while I have failed in the past, I am making continued efforts to eat healthy whenever I can.”

This way, your mind focuses on what you should be doing, not on what you have done. Remember, the past does not control your future, so reframe those statements to be more about effort and the future than what has happened in the past.

Swap it out for positive self-statements

Next, each time that you catch yourself saying something negative, stop and tell yourself three positive things instead.

These don’t necessarily have to be related to the negative self-statement as long as they are shifting your mindset to one that’s positive.

This helps to keep you focusing on the good, not focusing on the bad, which is huge for keeping you fully motivated.

Address the self-talk issues

Finally, the last thing that you need to be doing is addressing the self-talk issues themselves. Don’t just let that self-talk continue to build and build.

If you are continually telling yourself that you can never stick to your diet plan, look at why you are unable to stick to it.

What’s causing you the problems?

And, more importantly, what can you do to stop those problems from happening?

Remember that you need to address any problems that arise.

Get more proactive and figure out a solution that you can use that will help you overcome the issue and keep yourself on the right path to success.

It is very critical that you take steps to end negative self-talk because, over time, it could mean the difference between you sticking with your workout and diet program, and you falling off the bandwagon.

And if you aren’t sticking with it, you definitely won’t be seeing results.

Cabel McElderry is a local personal trainer and nutrition coach. For more information on fitness and nutrition, visit the Fitness F/X website at

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