Did you know that the internal dialogues you carry on with yourself every day are some of the most important conversations you’ll ever have?
Hopefully, you speak good things to yourself—positive things that work toward building yourself up instead of tearing yourself down.
Granted, it’s not easy to always carry on a positive conversation with yourself. Life gets in the way. Things happen. Circumstances around us are constantly pulling at us. Negativity is everywhere you turn.
However, you can either be your own best cheerleader or your own worst critic. You have to choose which one you’re going to be—moment by moment, every day. I’ll repeat that: It’s a moment by moment choice to be positive, not a one-time decision.
You can literally change your world by the words that come out of your mouth. Below are two verses in which the Bible tells us this.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.Prov. 18:21
Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!.James 3:4-5)
Your tongue—your words—can either be used for good or for evil. Many people make an honest effort not to gossip or talk badly about others. However, they don’t realize that their own words are creating the opposite kind of existence than what they want!
Rather than telling yourself, “I’m worried that I won’t have the money to pay the electric bill this month,” instead say, “My mind is free and easy. I don’t have a care in the world.”
Instead of cursing your circumstances and saying something like, “That’s just my luck. Things are always turning out for the worst,” tell yourself, “Life is good. Things are going the way I want them to.”
It doesn’t matter if you don’t fully believe the words that are coming out of your mouth. The important thing is that you’re speaking positive words instead of negative words.
When faced with another long day of work ahead of you, tell yourself, “There’s no good reason not to be happy today,” rather than saying something negative like, “Today’s just another miserable day and I’m that much closer to the grave.”
Many people say these sorts of negative things to themselves all day every day. I know, because in the past, I’ve often been one of these people. I still do it from time to time, but I’m working on getting better at speaking positive affirmations into my life—and you can, too.