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Self-Talk: The Voice Inside Your Head

Self-Talk...we all do it..And it can help or hurt. Take the self talk in the gym this morning. 5:30am and no one was super thrilled to have left a warm bed to lift weights. But the difference in what people were saying to themselves was amazing!

The grump grousing about it being too early for working out and not being a morning person struggled with every lift. The woman who walked in smiling about the sunrise and kept saying to herself, "I can do five more of anything!" as she was finishing her last few reps had a strong workout!. 

That voice in our head has a lot of power. Read on for perspectives and tips from the TLG team to help you tame or build up your self talk. Enjoy!


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From the Experts: Self-Talk


Whether we realize it or not we all talk to ourselves. Self-talk has a profound effect on our daily lives. We are the controllers of whether our self-talk is positive or negative. Negative self-talk can keep us from becoming who we truly want to be. It can keep us from trying new things. It can keep us from speaking up. Negative self-talk can even ensnare us in awful habits. Positive self-talk, on the other hand, can empower us! Honing positive self-talk can increase our confidence, effectiveness, and productivity. The challenge is to develop that positive self-talk. Our default is often negative. We asked our experts how positive and negative self-talk can affect on us in the workplace, and ways in which we can develop positive self-talk. 


Tino's Corner

Self-Talk: It's Mostly in Our Heads

By Tino Mantella, President & CEO, TLG


I tend to believe that there is a more powerful force than self-affirmation - the positive voices of others. I have often coached young people looking for their next job to reach high and to find friends who tell them, sincerely, that they are ready and can exceed expectations if given the opportunity. Further, I strongly encourage them to avoid the boo-birds. Those that, for a variety of reasons, offer negative feedback like “you are not ready,” “you need more time”, or “you need to wait your turn.”...


Featured Articles:


The Elegance of Self-Talk

By Bob Turknett, Co-founder and Co-chairman, TLG


He stressed that our brain is so much more precious (and powerful) than most of ever realize - that it is capable of storing and retrieving huge amounts of data, information, and thoughts (some of which are health-enhancing and some not - so, choose carefully, he cautioned, from that precious, powerful brain those thoughts you want to keep and those thoughts you want to discard)...

3 Ways to Keep Self-Talk Positive

By Chris McCusker, Ph.D., Senior Consultant


Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker once pointed out a basic maxim in psychology which is that “we can choose the way we think.” With that in mind, here are some suggestions for keeping self-talk positive so we can be more productive and happier at work...


The Power of Thought: Why we all Should be Masters of Mindfulness

By Josh Turknett, MD, TLG Principal Consultant


The brain is capable of influencing virtually every single organ system in the body. And if thoughts are the direct product of brain activity, then thoughts alone are capable of influencing virtually every single organ system in the body. Which is exactly how and why thoughts can drop our blood pressure so low that we faint or cause a contraction of our stomach violent enough to expel its contents...

Self-Talking Your Way to Change

By Brad Parcells, PCC, Senior Consultant


Positive self-talk is centered, grounded, responsible, powerful, healthy, and empowering. It builds us up and helps us to believe in ourselves. Negative self-talk is disempowering and tears us down and keeps us down. Choosing to reframe negative statements into positive statements is a powerful tool...


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