68 Negative Self-Talk Examples to AVOID at All Costs

In this post, you’ll find a list of negative self talk examples. See how many negative self-statements are dictating you, shaping your self-image and reality.

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: negative things we say to ourselves daily.

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

And that’s bad news.

Because every time you have negative things to say about yourself, you’re conditioning yourself to stop becoming who you can be and living the life you want.

Among many others, “negative I am statements” slowly but surely erode your confidence as they frame your mind in a negative light in a perpetual cycle.

Constant negative self talk embedded in your psyche blinds you from seeing opportunities, challenging yourself and expanding your capabilities.

These bad words about yourself put a strain on relationships within you and with others and hamper your ability to reach your full potential.

Negative Self Talk Words are the Culprit of Everything You are Not… (Yet)

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

Not your mum.

Not your high school teacher, your colleague or politicians.

Try as some might, no one can put a curse on you with evil laughs “your life is doomed” and make it so.

Heck no!

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

Yet so many of us struggle to create and live the lives we truly want.

It’s not for lack of wanting or trying. As a species, we desire the same thing.

It’s what goes on in our mind that keeps us from living our dream life.

Think about the last time you said I want this and that and I want to achieve so and so.

Remember what happened?

Almost instantly our inner critic shows up, perches on our shoulders and counter-argues with endless reasons opposing them.

  • I don’t have money.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I don’t have knowledge.
  • I am too old.
  • I am too young and so on.

And what do we do when this happens?

We listen to our inner voice (negative self-statements) obediently and repeatedly, bury our dreams and hopes, and carry on with a mundane life full of regrets and unfulfilled potential.

Epiphany from a Life-Changing Book and Self Talk Examples

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 in this post speak out to you, trust me: you too are blocking yourself from achieving success and living the life you want.

Read through negative self-talk examples below.

See how many negative comments about yourself you made 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 seem to take two steps back.

Negative things we say to ourselves are a massive stumbling block to achieving what we want in life.

If you want to learn how to replace examples of negative self-talk with positive 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.

It’s time to frame your mind right with these 25 positive affirmations; it’ll help you eliminate negative self-talk statements from your life.

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