Disrupt How You Talk to the Person in the Mirror
Sometimes, leaders need to change their internal narrative in order to make better decisions. People's internal communications, the stuff they say to themselves, is often negative, says Cynthia Kane, author of "Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist.” While most leaders and professionals focus on communicating with others, Kane says it's also important to learn how to communicate with the person in the mirror. Good internal dialogue that disrupts the negative self-talk can lead to better decisions, she says. The article's author explores several ways to change the internal narrative to better solve problems and find solutions.

One suggestion is for people to question their judgments and beliefs. “If we don’t explore our beliefs, we will continue to see things the same way, make the same judgments, and give rise to the same negative self-talk,” writes Kane. Also, Kane says people should aim to understand the origins of their negative self-talk. “The questions we will ask ourselves are designed to help us identify the specific judgments underlying the negative self-talk, pinpoint any story we are telling ourselves because of this judgment, and finally focus on what is true for us instead,” writes Kane. The author concludes that Kane’s approach forces a mindset where self-talk transforms you from “your worst enemy to your best friend.”
Entrepreneur (12/21/18) Fletcher, Patti
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