If you catch yourself slouching, a default response might be one of negativity with a thought like, “oh, I always slouch and it is so bad for me. No wonder I have so many back problems. It’s so hard to remember to keep my shoulders back and my head up.”
This thought, other than being a bit of a bummer, is also one that focuses on slouching, and pays no attention to the desired goal of holding one’s body upright and aligned. The better response to catching yourself slouching is something like this: “Wow, I just remembered my new alignment and now I can stand up straight, and experience how much better that feels. I am very glad I caught myself there. The more I catch myself, the sooner this good posture will be second nature to me.”
When you support yourself with such statements, you will experience more success, will find it easier to change your posture and will have learned a better, kinder way of talking to yourself.