Did you all survive Black Friday?? What about Cyber Monday?? Did you even support small businesses on Saturday??  What do you call the Sunday in between these?? And the better question to all of these is – Did you Have a good Thanksgiving?  We had a blast cooking, decorating for Christmas and watching the new Disney movie, Moana.  By the way, that movie gave me all the good feels, it described my soul so much…  I highly recommend.  Did you also catch our latest episode for LIP?  If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to listen.  It is one of the most important episodes in understanding self talk.  Dr. Shad Helmstetter, author of “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself”, did an outstanding job delivering his message on how to take back your power.



We quickly learn, at a young age, the power of authority.  It then is ingrained in us that we should constantly submit to it; beginning with our parents, followed by teachers then ultimately to our bosses.  I’m not saying this is a bad thing at all… learning how to submit, listen, and follow instructions make for a very functional society.  What I would like to propose, though, is that each person has their own power of authority.  What have you been telling yourself to do? According to Dr. Shad Helmstetter, self talk will help you take your power back.


How does a baby learn how to crawl?  A toddler learn how to walk? Or, How does a person learn a new language?  The answer would be repetition, right? It takes practice to learn something new.  Dr. Helmstetter states very clearly, “The key is repetition, either for success or failure.”


For years, I told myself that I wasn’t good enough to be a speaker, singer and actress; I didn’t have the qualifications, experience or the looks to do so.  Because I told myself this over and over again, I believed it.  The same would be true for a person if they said, “I always have bad luck.”  Why would a person say this? AHHHHHHHH!!  It took only a few weeks to reprogram my belief system. I only needed to change what I was telling myself. No one else was telling me that I wasn’t good enough, didn’t have enough experience or pretty enough.  I had to reclaim my power.

Why do we talk ourselves out of doing things? Why do we think we can’t do something?  Why do we suffer from depression and anxiety? I agree with Dr. Helmstetter, when he says it has to do with our programming.  What has either been said to us or we say to ourselves over and over again will become our belief.  Did you know that your subconscious doesn’t know right from wrong?  It only does what you tell it to do and that is through our thoughts and self talk.

*Seriously, listen to the episode… Dr. Helmstetter explains this in depth.


Are you thinking about what you have been telling yourself now?  I loved it when Dr. Helmstetter said, “God did not create anything to fail.”  Do you believe that?  I do.  He also said that we were born with unlimited possibilities.  It wasn’t until recently that I believed this.  You see, I slowly allowed the opinions of others and self doubt to take away my power.  Maybe you can relate to this… I allowed my circumstances to control me.  What is it that you are telling yourself?

Dr. Helmstetter has led the way in researching wellness and positive psychology.  By biggest take-away from interviewing him is “Repetition, repetition, repetition.”  That’s why I’m a huge fan of positive affirmations.  That’s why I have the tag phrase, “What you say is what you become.” I believe that we are all created with intelligence and those who are depressed and suffering with anxiety or other mental disorders are only feeding the wrong information to the brain.


This was a brief summary of the powerful episode with Dr. Shad Helmstetter.  He offers so many resources for people to start reprogramming their belief system and even how to rewire their brains.  Visit: www.selftalkplus.com or www.shadhelmstetter.com to take back your power.

Thank you for reading this blog on Life In Purple.  Where the broken can heal and the successful can conquer.  If you’re thinking that this blog was just for you, or you have a story to share that connects with other blogs or episodes,  I would LOVE to hear from you.  Send me a quick email to Laura@lauraspragg.com or check out our website at www.liptalknation.com. Let’s all rise together and create a community that stops the negative talk.  We ARE wonderfully made.  What you say is what you become.

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Laura Spragg is a speaker and the host of the growing podcast and blog: Life in Purple – A place that fosters the journey of new perspectives, renewed energy, and a passion to be the best version of ourselves. Visit our Website or Facebook page to learn more… who doesn’t want a little extra positive in their life?

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