Positive Self Talk and Success

Choose to commit to taking personal responsibility for your career success.  I discuss this idea in several of my books: Straight Talk for Success, Your Success GPS, Star Power, I Want You…To Succeed, and 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success.  It is one of the keys to career success in my Career Success GPS system.

Positive self talk can help you take personal responsibility for your career success – especially when things aren’t going so well.  As a career success coach I always tell my clients, “Stuff happens: good stuff, bad stuff, happy stuff, sad stuff, frustrating stuff.  The stuff that happens isn’t what’s important.  What’s important is what you do with the stuff that happens.”

If you want to become a career success, you need to react positively to the people and events you encounter – especially the negative people and events.  Here are some examples of positive and negative self talk.  The positive statements are examples of the kinds of things you need to say to yourself.  They will help you on your way to career success.

Negative Statement – “I’m afraid.”
Positive Statement – “I’m courageous and confident.”

Negative Statement – “I’m mad.”
Positive Statement – “I’m calm and determined.”

Negative Statement – “I’m guilty, embarrassed, and ashamed.”
Positive Statement – “I’m proud and worthy.”

Negative Statement – “I’m ambivalent and confused.”
Positive Statement – “I’m committed and focused.”

Negative Statement – “I’m pessimistic and hopeless.”
Positive Statement – “I’m optimistic and hopeful.”

Negative Statement – “I’m resentful over what I’ve lost or don’t have.”
Positive Statement – “I’m grateful for what I do have.”

Negative Statement – “I don’t care.”
Positive Statement – “I’m curious.”

Negative Statement – “Bad things always happen when I try something new.”
Positive Statement – “I expect good things to happen when I try something new.”

Negative Statement – “I don’t like what’s happening around here.”
Positive Statement – “I accept the things that I can’t change, and change the things I can.”

Negative Statement – “Nothing positive is going to come out of this situation.  It just won’t work.”
Positive Statement – “I will make this situation work.  I will unlock the hidden potential in it.”

Negative Statement – “I’ll never be able to do this.”
Positive Statement – “I can and will accomplish anything I choose to do.”

Negative Statement – “I’m afraid I can’t do this, so I won’t even try.”
Positive Statement – “I will look my fears in the eye and do something.  I will conquer them.”

Negative Statement – “I am stuck where I’m at.”
Positive Statement – “I have lots of choices.  I can decide what I want.

Negative Statement – “No one will help me.”
Positive Statement – “Other people are supportive and will help me.”

Negative Statement – “If I ignore this problem it will go away.”
Positive Statement – “I have the power to deal with this problem and create the outcome I want.”

Negative Statement – “I don’t deserve to become a career success.”
Positive Statement – “I deserve to become a career success.”

The common sense point here is simple.  Successful people commit to taking personal responsibility for their success.  They choose to react positively to the negative people and events in their life.  Positive self talk is one way to choose to react positively to the people and events in your life.  Frame your responses to your experiences in a positive way.  Don’t say things like “Nothing positive is going to come out of this situation.  It just won’t work.”  Instead, be positive.  Tell yourself, “I will make this situation work.  I will unlock the hidden potential in it.”  That’s positive self talk.  Take it from a career success coach, positive self talk will help you deal with the negative people and events in your life and keep you moving toward the career success you want and deserve.

That’s my take on positive self talk.  What’s yours?  Please take a few minutes and leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  As always, thanks for reading.


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  1. sir i am confused that self talk may be done in our silently but in our that is not self talk it is just thinking please give me good answer about this.

  2. Aryan:
    You should think of self talk as thinking. The idea behind this post is to think good, positive thoughts about yourself and where you are going in your life and career.
    Hope this helps.

  3. Positive self talk is the voice in your head that motivate you and inspires you to take actions.
    positive self talk takes you above the clouds and then thoughts of other people don’t affect you and thus you will be successful at anything.

  4. Great blog post. The information given in the blog about success and positive self-talk is very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Thanks for your comment Jonas. I’m glad you found the post to be helpful.

  6. I going exactly through all the negative statements and trying to get to the positive side and I really liked the way they are presented. Thank you for posting them and making them available for people like in my situation. I have been trying to get back to my normal life since the beginning of this year (2019) which was not good year for me. I hope by reading more materials and posting of this kind will help me to get through and be positive. I almost lost confidence in myself

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