What is positive self-talk?

Positive self-talk uses repetition to wire positive new programs into the brain, by listening to them daily, in the same way the brain was designed to be programmed in the first place.

In Self-Talk+, each self-talk listening session consists of specially-worded messages which are repeated in a precise way. With repetition, these self-talk messages 'wire' word-for-word positive new attitudes, choices, and actions into your brain. Positive self-talk, practiced in this way, rewires the brain for success, in each area of your life.

How is self-talk different from ‘affirmations'?

The self-talk in these sessions differs from ‘affirmations’ in many ways. Affirmations are typically general or spiritual in nature, and are usually read or stated only infrequently.

The positive self-talk in each of these sessions, is similar to teaching you an entire new language—the language and vocabulary of success.  The self-talk you hear on Self-Talk+ is made up of specific, recorded directions and instructions that you give to your brain through intensive daily repetition, by hearing them. Instead of occasionally repeating a single thought or two, like you would with an affirmation, self-talk is designed to wire your brain with an entire language on a broad variety of subjects — a complete, positive vocabulary of success.

Listening Tips

How much time does it take?

Listening to self-talk does not take up any of your time, because you listen to it in the "background." Many people listen to self-talk sessions while driving or riding to work, at lunch, working around the house, while walking, running, or working out, or in the background sometime during each day, while they're occupied doing something else.

You do not have to focus on the self-talk for it to be effective. Just let it play in the background as you're going about your day.

What are the best times of the day to listen to self-talk?

There are times during the day that are especially effective for listening to self-talk. The first is when you're getting ready in the morning. Listen to the self-talk in the background while you're preparing for the day. When you listen each morning, you're literally setting yourself up mentally to have a more successful day.

Another good time to listen is just before you go to sleep at night. (Many people wear earbuds and listen to self-talk sessions while they're falling asleep.)

What is the best self-talk ‘subject’ to begin with?

Start with the subject you’d like to work on most, as your first “focus” subject. Listen to sessions from that subject at least once each day for up to three weeks. Meanwhile, you can also listen to other subjects at any time, but continue to listen to sessions from your “focus” subject daily.

How long does it take to notice the positive effects of listening to self-talk?

Although it usually takes a minimum of three to four weeks to begin to form new programs in the brain, you can expect to notice a difference in your attitude almost immediately, and changes in how you’re thinking in even a few days of listening. The longer you listen, the more ‘permanent’ the new programs become.

Can anyone benefit from listening to self-talk?

Yes, listening to self-talk regularly can benefit anyone. We all talk to ourselves all of the time (mostly unconsciously and mostly negatively). Listening to the right self-talk in these sessions replaces negative or questionable self-talk with the right messages, helps the brain wire in the new messages ‘permanently,’ and literally retrains the brain with a whole new habit of thinking in a healthier, more positive way.

How long should I continue to listen to self-talk?

The most noticeable benefits may occur during the first weeks and months of listening, but continued listening keeps you on track and constantly reinforces the new, positive programs you have created. Many people enjoy listening to self-talk each day so much, that they make it a life-long pursuit. By doing so, they make each day more positive and productive, and they continue to grow and improve year after year.

How old do you have to be to start listening?

Self-talk can be listened to at any age – from infancy on. There are even special self-talk sessions specifically designed for young children.

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1. Learn the Language of Positive Self-talk

Learning positive self-talk works just like you learned your first language when you were a child—by hearing it spoken, every day, in the background of your life.

2. Listen in the Background

Listening to self-talk works best if you play it in the background. Don’t try to focus on it. Just let it play, and go about your day.

3. Takes No Time Out of Your Day

You never have to worry about not having the time to listen. This is because self-talk programs work best if you listen to them while you’re doing something else—getting ready in the morning, eating, driving in the car, walking, running, or working out, just relaxing, going to sleep at night, etc.

4. Listen Daily

Set a goal to listen to at least one self-talk session each day. One to three short sessions a day is best.

5. Where to Start

Start by listening to the one subject area you want to work on most. After three to four weeks of listening to that subject, you can listen to additional subject areas, but don’t overdo it—no more than three different subjects at at time.

6. The Key is Repetition

Because of your brain’s neuroplasticity, it wires in the messages you receive that are repeated most often. The more you listen to self-talk, the more the positive new messages get physically wired into your brain.

7. When to Expect Results

You should start to notice the first differences in your thinking in as little as three to four weeks. The messages of positive self-talk are being wired in—replacing old, negative programs—and the new programs will get stronger and stronger as you continue to listen.

8. Trust the Process

You may think that the positive messages of self-talk at first sound too positive to be true of you. Keep listening. Over time, the new self-talk will replace the negative programs that may have been previously wired into your brain.

Forty+ Years of Self-Talk Success

You can count on Self-Talk Plus+. Dr. Shad Helmstetter is the pioneering originator of positive self-talk. His science-based self-talk audio programs have been used successfully by tens of thousands of individuals for more than forty years. They’ll work for you, too!