The Damn Hard Truth About Self-Talk: Katie Horwitch Shares Her Story and Strategies

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Jim has been teaching meditation and positive self talk since 1982.

Katie Horwitch, the creator of WANT, reveals the secret to wanting yourself in a world that makes it so damn hard. Find out how to shift your self-talk from negative to positive and achieve your goals.

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Hi – I’m Jim, creator of this website and author of all the articles.

Hi there, I’m Jim Van Wyck, the news curator for SelfTalkCenter.com.

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring and practical articles that can help you improve your self-talk and your self-esteem.

Today, I want to share with you an amazing article from The Chalkboard Mag that features an interview with Katie Horwitch, the founder of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk.

Katie is a writer, speaker, and activist who is passionate about helping people shift their self-talk from negative to positive. She believes that self-talk is the foundation of everything we do, and that by changing the way we talk to ourselves, we can change our lives for the better.

In this article summarized below, she shares her personal story of overcoming self-doubt and self-criticism, and offers some tips and tricks on how to want your self in a world that makes it damn hard.

I loved this article because it was honest, relatable, and empowering. Katie is not afraid to share her struggles and her successes, and she gives some practical advice on how to deal with the challenges of negative self-talk. She also reminds us that wanting our self is not selfish or vain, but rather a way of honoring our true potential and purpose. I think you will love this article too, because it will inspire you to shift your self-talk and want your self more than ever.

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Main Points

What is WANT and why did Katie create it?

  • WANT stands for Women Against Negative Talk, a platform that empowers women to shift their self-talk from negative to positive.
  • Katie created WANT after struggling with her own self-talk for years, and realizing that many women face the same challenges.
  • She wanted to create a community where women can support each other, share their stories, and learn how to want their self more.

What are some of the common sources of negative self-talk and how can we overcome them?

  • Some of the common sources of negative self-talk are:
    • Comparison: comparing ourselves to others and feeling inadequate or inferior.
    • Perfectionism: setting unrealistic standards for ourselves and feeling like we are never good enough.
    • Fear: being afraid of failure, rejection, or judgment, and letting that stop us from pursuing our dreams.
    • Shame: feeling guilty or embarrassed about who we are or what we have done, and hiding our true self from others.
  • Some of the ways we can overcome negative self-talk are:
    • Awareness: being mindful of our thoughts and emotions, and noticing when they are negative or harmful.
    • Compassion: being kind and gentle with ourselves, and treating ourselves as we would treat a friend.
    • Affirmation: using positive statements or mantras to replace negative thoughts and boost our confidence.
    • Action: taking small steps to challenge our fears, change our habits, and achieve our goals.

What are some of the benefits of positive self-talk and how can we cultivate it?

  • Some of the benefits of positive self-talk are:
    • Happiness: feeling more joy and gratitude for what we have and who we are.
    • Health: improving our physical and mental well-being by reducing stress and enhancing our immune system.
    • Success: increasing our motivation, productivity, and creativity by focusing on our strengths and opportunities.
  • Some of the ways we can cultivate positive self-talk are:
    • Meditation: practicing mindfulness and breathing exercises to calm our mind and body.
    • Journaling: writing down our thoughts and feelings to express ourselves and gain clarity.
    • Reading: consuming inspiring and uplifting content that can educate us and expand our perspective.
    • Speaking: communicating with others who can support us, encourage us, and give us feedback.

What does it mean to want your self and why is it important?

  • To want your self means to accept, appreciate, and love yourself for who you are, not who you think you should be.
  • It is important because it is the foundation of everything we do in life. By wanting our self, we can:
    • Align our actions with our values and purpose
    • Attract people and opportunities that resonate with us
    • Empower ourselves to make positive changes in the world
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My Biggest Takeaway

This article was a great reminder of how powerful our self-talk is, and how we can use it to shape our reality.

The one biggest takeaway from this article for me was that wanting our self is not selfish or vain, but rather a way of honoring our true potential and purpose. I think this is important for the reader because it can help them overcome their negative self-talk and embrace their positive self-talk. By wanting our self, we can live more authentically, confidently, and happily.

And that’s what we all deserve, don’t you think?

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If you want to learn more about Katie Horwitch and WANT, here are some related articles from around the internet that you might find interesting:

Related Articles From Around The Internet

How to Shift Your Self-Talk and Unearth The Strength In Who You Were All Along

This is an article by Katie Horwitch herself, where she introduces her new book, Want Your Self, and explains why shifting your self-talk is not about finding nicer words, but finding a truer you. She also shares some of the common sources of negative self-talk, such as comparison, perfectionism, fear, and shame, and how to overcome them with awareness, compassion, affirmation, and action. She also gives a sneak peek of what you can expect from her book, such as the three steps to finding, being, and staying yourself in this complex world. You can read the article here: How to Shift Your Self-Talk and Unearth The Strength In Who You Were All Along.

How To Shift Your Self-Talk And Achieve Your Goals With Katie Horwitch

This is an interview with Katie Horwitch by mindbodygreen, where she talks about her personal journey of shifting her self-talk, and how it helped her achieve her goals. She also shares some of the benefits of positive self-talk, such as happiness, health, and success, and how to cultivate it with meditation, journaling, reading, and speaking. She also reveals some of the challenges she faced along the way, and how she overcame them with resilience and courage. You can watch the interview here: [How To Shift Your Self-Talk And Achieve Your Goals With Katie Horwitch].

How To Want Your Self In A World That Makes It Damn Hard

This is a podcast episode by The WANTcast: The Women Against Negative Talk Podcast, where Katie Horwitch interviews herself about her new book, Want Your Self. She answers some of the questions that she gets asked frequently by her readers and listeners, such as what inspired her to write the book, what are some of the myths and misconceptions about self-talk, what are some of the tools and techniques that she uses to shift her self-talk, and what are some of the stories and examples that she shares in the book. She also gives some advice on how to want yourself in a world that makes it damn hard. You can listen to the podcast episode here: [How To Want Your Self In A World That Makes It Damn Hard].

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Jim has taught meditation and positive self-talk since 1982, when he was first certified as a Certified TM Teacher. He has trained in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

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