68 Negative Self-Talk Examples to AVOID at All Costs

There are many negative words we wouldn’t say to our family and friends, but we say those hurtful and disempowering words to ourselves all the time. Negative self talk examples in this post will help you realise how much you’re damaging your self-worth.

Have you ever paid attention to how much negative self-talk running through your mind in a day?

Below, you’ll find 68 negative self-talk examples to find out.

If you’ve been self talking negatively without realising it, the chances are it has become habit and part of you.

And that’s bad news.

Because negative self-talk brings a horde of troubles into our life.

Every time you have negative self-talk with yourself, you’re conditioning yourself to stop becoming who you can be and living the life you want.

Constant negative self-talk blinds us from seeing opportunities.

It slowly but surely erodes our confidence. It puts a strain on relationships and hampers our ability to reach our full potential.

If you think about it, no one stands between you and the life you want to live.

We can become more, achieve more, earn more and become healthier and happier. 

We all want to do everything in our power to create a life we truly want.

No one can blame us for lack of wanting, right?

The trouble is, what we want isn’t in alignment with what goes on in our mind.

We say we want this and that, but our inner critic counter-argues with endless reasons opposing them.

And what do we do?

We listen to it obediently and repeatedly.

After reading a possibly life-changing book (you can read my book review here), I now know I have all the power in me and I was the one who led my life astray.

I was the one who cornered me into being scared with many negative self-talk examples I spouted (and whispered) daily.

If you find any of the negative self-talk listed here speak out to you, trust me: you too are blocking yourself from achieving success and living the life you want.

See how many things on the list you said yourself in the past few days.

Seriously, count them.


68 Negative Self-Talk Examples

(The full credit for the list goes to What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D)

1. I can’t Remember Names.

2. It’s going to be another one of those days.
3. It’s just no use.
4. I just know it won’t work.
5. Nothing ever goes right for me.

6. That’s just my luck.
7. I’m so clumsy.
8. I don’t have the talent.
9. I’m just not creative.
10. Everything I eat goes right to my waist.

11. I Can’t Seem to Get Organized.

12. Today just isn’t my day.
13. I can never afford the things I want.
14. I already know I won’t like it.
15. No matter what I do I can’t seem to lose weight.

16. I never have enough time.
17. I just don’t have the patience for that.
18. That really makes me mad.
19. Another blue Monday.
20. When will I ever learn?

21. I Get Sick Just Thinking About It.

22. Sometimes I just hate myself.
23. I’m just no good.
24. I’m too shy.
25. I never know what to say.

26. With my luck, I don’t have a chance.
27. Things just aren’t working out right for me.
28. I don’t have the energy I used to.
29. I’m really out of shape.
30. I never have any money left over at the end of the month.

68 Negative Self-Talk Examples to AVOID at All Costs

31. Why should I Try, It’s Not Going to Work Anyway.

32. I’ve never been any good at that.
33. My desk is always a mess.
34. The only kind of luck I have is bad luck.
35. I never win anything.

36. I feel like I’m over the hill.
37. Someone always beats me to it.
38. Nobody likes me.
39. I never get a break.
40. It seems like I’m always broke.

41. Everything I Touch Turns to Bleep.

42. Nobody wants to pay me what I’m worth.
43. Sometimes I wish I’d never been born.
44. I’m just no good at math.
45. I lose weight but then I gain it right back again.

46. I get so depressed.
47. I just can’t seem to get anything done.
48. Nothing seems to go right for me.
49. I’m just not a salesman.
50. That’s impossible.

51. There’s Just No Way.

52. I always freeze up in front of a group.
53 I’m nothing without my first cup of coffee in the morning.
54. I just can’t get with it today.
55. I’ll never get it right.

56. I just can’t take it anymore.
57. I hate my job.
58. I get a cold this time every year.
59. I’m just not cut out for that.
60. I’m really at the end of my rope.

68 Negative Self-Talk Examples to AVOID at All Costs

61. You Can’t Trust Anyone Anymore.

62. I just can’t handle this.
63. I never seem to get anyplace on time.
64. I’ve always been bad with words.
65. If only I were smarter.

66. If only I were taller.
67. If only I had more time.
68. If only I had more money. . . . and on, and on, and on.

(The full credit for the list goes to What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter Ph.D)

Final Thoughts

How many negative self-talk examples did you find applying to you?

It’s one heck of a list, isn’t it?

No wonder every time we take one step forward we take two steps back.

Our negative self-talk is a massive stumbling block to achieving what we want in life.

If you want to learn how to replace these negative self-talk with the right self-talk and create a dream life you truly deserve, grab this book.

I dare say it’s your duty to give yourself a fair chance to live a fulfilling life.

Everything in your life will fall into line when you learn how to talk to yourself in the right way.

I have also created 25 positive affirmations, which replaced these negative self-talk examples from my life successfully.

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