Research shows that approximately 87% of the things we say to ourselves about ourselves are negative, self-destructive, and undermining. This negative self-talk leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy – what we tell ourselves creates a mindset which makes our self talk come true. Optimists know that – sometimes, people know it naturally on a subconscious level and seldom need positive self-talk ; other times, people become optimists through deliberately practicing positive self- talk.
Negative self talk increase your unhappiness and incompetence. It can make you unhealthy and self-destructive. Fortunately, positive self talk can do just the opposite – it can make you healthier, happier, more confident, and more competent.
Realistic, practical optimism is a choice you can make on purpose to help you manage your life successfully. There is a set of characteristics that most optimists have in common, but through use of certain strategies naturally used by optimists, pessimists can turn themselves into optimists.