Practice, Practice, Practice
Managing the voices in your head is not easy. Getting them to
agree and work with you instead of against you can be downright frustrating. Most of us know what to do, but struggle
with doing it consistently. (Otherwise we’d all be trim, completely healthy and free of any bad habits.) Yet, just as the bad
habits take practice to get rid of, the good habits take time to
form and take hold, and remember that those voices in your
head have been talking to you habitually for years.
Spend time paying attention to how you react to things and
determine how you want to react and how you’d like to
respond differently. Get good at looking for the facts in situations that have an emotional attachment or history for you;
these are the ones most likely attached to habitual, but not
necessarily accurate thinking. Monitor how much you care
about what other people think, pay attention to what is getting in the way of what you are thinking and give yourself a
break when you fall into comfortable conversations with
yourself that may have no basis in truth or accuracy. Then do
it again and again and again.
Be a Mind-Leader
The meeting of the minds and agreement between the voices
inside your head are where we find happiness and contentment.
Don’t snicker; it not as trite as it sounds. If you are not leading
the voices in your head well, conducting effective internal voice
management, then, frankly, you have no business leading other
people. And in this business, despite your title, it’s what we all
do—lead others to be better. The degree to which you can lead
your own voices will determine your ability to lead your audience and clients to make decisions and make a difference.
Monica Wofford brings more than 18 years of experience as a
business consultant, trainer, speaker and coach to Monica Wofford
International, Inc. She is the author of
numerous learning tools, including
“Contagious Leadership,” “Contagious
Confidence” and “Contagious Customer
Service.” She can be reached at www.
monicawofford.com or (866) 382-0121.
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