I promised myself I’d at least check in on the Negative Self-Talk tracking I did over the past couple of weeks even if I have no real answers to work on it so that it goes down over time.
I am very sure I missed a lot of negative self-talk in this tracking, but what I did track does give me a clear picture of:
- My biggest offenders: I’m sorry and “should have”
- Times of day I say these the most: Not a big surprise here, but when I get up and commute to work in the morning and after work
It did help to track it or be consciously aware because I noticed when I was saying I’m sorry or “I should have” thinking “I could have prevented that from happening to you” versus when I’m saying sorry to just empathize with someone, such as “Oh that really sucks.”
My next steps to working on Negative Self-Talk is to pay more attention to the context of it and then to notice the consequences of it. What situations trigger the negative self-talk?