A self-talk can be positive and encouraging, negative or distressing, or instructional.
A positive self-talk is a constructive and encouraging statement you tell yourself: “I love myself. I am confident”. “I am sure I can do it”. “My life is challenging but I am stronger than the challenges I face”.
A negative self-talk is a destructive and distressing statement. Examples include:“I am not capable”. “I am not good enough”. “I cannot feel happy”. “I cannot get the kind of money I want”. “Maybe I do not deserve a good relationship”. “I am too old for this”, etc.…
An instructional self-talk is a solution-seeking and guiding statement where you look for possible solutions. Examples include:“I should do this now”. “I need to call my client”. “I need to be more organized”. “I can start my piano lessons from this week”.