What is negative self talk?

Negative self-talk is an inner, mental dialogue often about limits to capabilities, excuses for non-action, and false beliefs about self.

Common examples of negative self talk

After listening to over 300 clients as a mindset coach, here’s the most common myths they tell themselves:

  • I’ll always be stuck…
  • I’m never going to make that much money…
  • If I make a mistake I’ll be rejected or humiliated…
  • I’m not educated/smart/experienced enough to…
  • I don’t have the traits/skills of those who are more successful than me...


Destructive self-criticism creates a 3-step cycle we call the “Belief-Behavior Loop Effect”, as explained below.