Go Ahead: Talk To Yourself! - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Bob Bradshaw is a public relations/marketing specialist and motivational speaker based in Douglasville, Georgia.

You make it a point to stay in tours with colleagues both inside and outside of the office. But when was the last time you had a meaningful, uplifting that with yourself? with themselves, aside from an occasional self-scolding when performance lags.

Positive self-talk is, perhaps, the best form of therapy: it’s relatively painless and free of charge. Best of all, it works because your inner voice seldom misleads you. In fact, many answers to life’s problems-business or otherwise–can be found in honest conversation with one’s self.

Set aside a few minutes a day and ask yourself: “How am I today?” and “Am I focusing on what I really need to be doing?”

Take time out to affirm yourself and your abilities. Use self-talk to change any thoughts or perceptions that negatively impact your work and personal performance.

Most importantly, don’t just listen to your inner voice. Learn to trust what it tells you.

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