As you stumble and learn, stumble and learn again, resolve to talk to yourself as if you were your best friend. So no 'What a #?%[email protected] idiot!' when your BFF smashes an egg on the floor, m'kay? Be cool, like the Fonz.”
- Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
“Be mindful of your self-talk. It is a conversation with the universe. You are a being, full of infinite possibilities! Focus your mind with positivity and you will have dictated the direction of your journey, your soul and your being, cascading in infinite abundance.”
- Angie Karan Krezos
I grew up thinking that negative self-talk was good in that it pushed me to being better. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. In college, while studying with A.A. Leath from the Institute for Creative and Artistic Development, I became aware of how easy it was to criticize myself and how difficult it was to take credit for myself. My positive self-talk voice was there but very quiet and not nearly as strong and powerful as the negative voices.
The work I began as a freshman in college has stayed with me since. How to cultivate positive self-talk has come to be a pillar of the work I do with executives, managers, individual contributors, and people in every walk of life. Sadly, there is a dearth of positive self-talk in most people.
This very simple practice will help you cultivate positive self-talk. Since you have more conversations in your own head than with anyone else, this is a good place to start. Our final destination is having positive conversations with everyone, yourself included.
Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes at a time where you will not be interrupted.
As always, write in via email or on the blog about your experiences.
Learn to catch yourself and stop yourself immediately when you are engaging in negative self-talk.”
- Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life