How do you communicate with yourself?
The words we say to ourselves on an ongoing basis can have a direct impact on our current circumstances.
The tone of these words could be an indicator of our mood, feelings and mental state.
Over the years, one thing I finally recognized was there was a specific way I was communicating
with myself. I realized I had been essentially bullying myself based on the words, negativity, and
tone I used.
Here are some journal entries I wrote that are related to my communication with myself.
JOURNAL ENTRY NOVEMBER 23, 2011
I am a fake. I am a phony. My ego has run my life for as long as I can remember. I am
virtually sleepwalking through the days. I want what Eckhart Tolle & Neale Donald Walsch
have. I want the understanding & the being.
JOURNAL ENTRY NOVEMBER 2011
Me right now. I am a people pleaser. A coward. boring. I worry a lot. I am no fun. I have no
interests. I am not exciting to be around. I am in the wrong profession. I love being a Dad. I
have no opinion. I follow versus lead. I don’t have friends. I am invisible. I am not memorable.
I am quiet. I am lost. I worry about what others think. I need help. I have so much. I have a
Exercise for You
- How do you communicate with yourself? List the words you use. Is the tone, critical, inspiring,
- Spend throughout the day noticing how you are communicating with yourself.
- Is this method of communicating moving you closer to or further away from your goal?
- How come?
- What is one thing you would change to improve the way you communicate with yourself?
Exercise for Your Team or Group
- How does your team or group communicate with the other members of the team? List the words
people use. Is the tone, critical, inspiring, positive, loving?
- Is this method of communicating moving the team closer to or further away from its goal?
- How come?
- What is one thing your team would change to improve the way you communicate with each other?
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This blog post is from Lesson #19 from the book, “Engage, Connect, Grow – 52 lessons to guide individuals and corporate teams to the heart of what truly matters to them.”