Use self-talk to change a negative habit


  1. Identify the habit you want to change.
    Start by pinpointing the specific habit you wish to change. Reflect on how this habit affects your life negatively. Is it procrastination, overeating, or something else? Understanding the impact of the habit on your life will motivate you to change it.
  2. Use present tense in your self-talk.
    Practice speaking to yourself in the present tense about the habit you want to change. For example, instead of saying, "I will stop procrastinating," say, "I complete my tasks on time." This method tricks your mind into believing the change has already occurred, making it easier to adopt new behaviors.
  3. Be specific with your self-talk.
    General statements aren’t as effective. If your goal is to be more organized, instead of saying, "I'm more organized," be specific with statements like, "I plan my day every morning and follow my schedule."


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