Nearly three years ago, I read a book that changed my life.
I’ve talked a lot about What to Say When You Talk to Your Self before, because it’s just that important of a book. Dr. Shad Helmstetter’s masterpiece is a must-own because it attacks the root of what’s wrong with your life: your mental programming. Most self-help titles approach self-development from a top-down approach, which is why few of them end up working.
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self goes to the absolute core of your personality.
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self, as the name implies, is all about self-talk: using positive affirmations to alter your behavior and personality. Without giving too much away, the basic idea behind self-talk involves you vocalizing your goals and aspirations instead of merely dreaming about them:
Every day each of us receives an endless stream of commands, directives, controls, inducements, and expectations from others. Everything around us nudges, demands, or persuades. Even as adults we are met with a torrent of influences, most of which we are not even aware. We are ships with countless captains, all seeking to direct us on their own courses, for their own purposes, often not even knowing they are leading our ships astray.
I’ve already explained how self-talk works—and how it helped me turn my life around—in my review of Mike Cernovich’s Gorilla Mindset. Cernovich’s advice on self-talk is rooted in Helmstetter’s work, the primary difference between their books being that What to Say When You Talk to Your Self is focused like a laser on self-talk while Gorilla Mindset is more holistic.
Indeed, there’s very little I can say about What to Say When You Talk to Your Self that I haven’t said already. Helmstetter’s techniques genuinely helped me improve my life, and are a large part of the reason why I’m so successful today. By purging the negative programming that I possessed, I was not only able to build my online media empire into a success, but I was also able to weather major crises that might have broken me otherwise:
As another example, let’s take something as common as the problem of not being able to remember names. For twenty-five years you may have said to yourself, “I can never remember names.” Then one evening you go to a party. You are introduced to someone whose name you want to remember and you say to yourself, “I’m going to remember this person’s name.” What happens ten seconds later? You forget the name! Why? Because for the past twenty-five years you have been telling yourself that that’s what you’ll do. You have been programming yourself to forget!
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self is an invaluable asset when it comes to self-improvement. If you’re stuck in a rut and want to accomplish your goals, Helmstetter’s book will give you the road map you need to get there.
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