Whatever the cause, sometimes all we need is a good old fashioned little pep talk. A little you've got this! A little you go get it girl! An I believe in you, you can do this, you are enough kind of pep talk. I've found this little thing to be an important one for me. Every once in a while I just need a little pep talk. What about you, do you sometimes need a pep talk too?
Do you have people in your life who give you that pep talk when you need it? The people we surround ourselves with are so very important. It's been said that you are the average of the 5 people that you are around the most. We become like those that we hang around a lot. We talk like them, we eat like them, we take on similar habits and beliefs.
Keep around you people who love and support you and your dreams. People who challenge you to be all that you can be and more. People who will encourage you even when you may fail. People who are in tune with you and instinctively know when you need a pep talk. People who are also dreamers and who are aspiring to lead an extraordinary life. People who live BIG, live interesting, live extraordinary, create magic. People who will regularly give you that good old fashioned pep talk.
How are you at giving your own pep talk? Our self-talk is so important. Out of all of the people that we talk to in any given day, we talk to and listen to ourselves more than anyone else. What has been helpful to me is to catch myself whenever my self-talk is fear-based and negative to repeat to myself a positive affirmation. Something easy like "I am enough" works great for me.
Consider talking to yourself in the third person when giving yourself a pep talk. Research has shown that if you call yourself by the third person than you decrease your stress more effectively. For example, "Tracy we are going going to get over this hurdle" or "Tracy we are going to get through this." This quick little trick will help make your self pep talk even more effective.
This strategy called “self-distancing” can help us better control our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Increasing our self-control in the face of temptation to helping us reflect on difficult past experiences without getting stuck in a downward spiral of negative thinking. Giving us the ability to “step back” a little from ourselves.
Sometimes all we need is a little pep talk. For me, it's helpful to be in tune with myself enough to be aware of when I need a pep talk. Being aware of and recognizing your needs is the first step.
Sometimes all we need is a little pep talk. Ask yourself, does this IN-spire me or EX-pire me? If it IN-spires you, keep doing it. If it EX-pires you then it's worth figuring out a way to not do it any longer.
I would love to hear your feedback on this post. Do you find that sometimes you too need a little pep talk? What helps you to stay motivated on days/weeks where life feels more challenging? Please drop me a comment or send me an email.