Do you talk to yourself?
And usually it's not nice.
You know what happens when you don't talk nice to yourself or you don't demand that others talk nice to you?
You believe the worst about yourself. And you even believe things that aren't true. And it makes the fruit fall off your tree (fruit of the spirit). (BTW, thanks Lynnette for giving me that catchy phrase)
And then "the jerk" uses that to stop you.
It's not good.
So, I taped the 'encouragement' paper on my wall outside my bathroom so I can read it while I brush my teeth, yes, it's wierd but I brush my teeth while reading whatever scripture I have outside the bathroom on the wall or the scripture that's taped to the mirror. And I wrote out Phil 4:8 and put it in a frame. Some may say it looks ridiculous and very homemade, but until I find something better... there it will be.
Only POSITIVE self-talk
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.