Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Stop villainous thoughts and start thinking like a superhero

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Stop villainous thoughts and start thinking like a superhero
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FUN FACT: You’re a professional.
(That means you get paid to do something for a living.)

Since you’re reading my column Strength & Focus right now, I assume that you’re also someone who is not only interested but driven to perform to the best of your ability, actively seeking new perspectives and valuable tools to enhance your performance. Maybe you’re even someone that is motivated to be a rock star in your field, a top performer with superhero qualities!

Whether you desire that superhero status or not is up to you, but at least we can agree that you want to be a better and more productive professional in your field. Let’s also agree that, aside from being a professional, you’re also a person, and as a person, you have flaws, weaknesses, and possibly fears that hold you back. Perhaps you’ve also gotten into your own head a few times and thought or spoken negatively about yourself.

When you think or talk to yourself, you are engaging in self-talk. We all talk to ourselves; it’s perfectly natural. Self-talk is simply the thoughts and words that we say to and about ourselves.

Knowing that we all talk to ourselves, let me ask you this: does your self-talk take on superhero qualities (positive, serving, and moving you towards greatness) or villainous qualities (negative, destructive, and self-sabotaging)? In other words, do you speak highly of yourself and motivate yourself to achieve or do you doubt your abilities and put yourself down?

Watch this POWER TALK video and we’ll discuss this further; plus, I’ll show you an easy exercise that you can use to monitor and improve your self-talk.

My sincere hope is that this article and daily exercise will serve you well in monitoring and improving your self-talk to enhance your professional performance and, most importantly, your personal well-being.

To your success and superhero self!

Thanks, and be excellent!

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Create the future you want with the choice to change now! This column offers Strength & Focus for the moments you need to overcome the distractions of the week, each and every day. Look for it on Mondays on NEPA Scene.