Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You Said WHAT? Tips to Overcome Limiting Self Talk

We all suffer from limiting self-talk from time to time.

The difference between people who are successful, and those who are not, is that successful people acknowledge their 'inner gremlins' almost immediately and shout them down before they've had the chance to flex their muscles and gain any momentum.

Today's self-sabotaging self-talk is:

"I don't know enough."

Statements like these are relative. The question is, "When will you EVER know enough?"

I am sure you've heard the phrase: life is a journey, not a destination.

Quite frankly, if we all knew 'enough' from birth, the world would be a very boring place; there would be nothing new to learn.

What the word 'enough' implies is that in comparison to - everyone else on the earth, in your company, in a particular meeting - you do not know as much as them.

Well, I guess that's possible. Maybe they've been in the job for 10 years more than you. Or even 2 years more.

Maybe they have lived longer and therefore (possibly... and only possibly) have experienced more than you. Perhaps they have swum with sharks or have 3 grandchildren... perhaps.

The point is, it doesn't really matter. We are all here to learn. Even when you're 65years old, you should still be learning.

None of us, even Albert Einstein, have all the answers. We are all still learning - that's what makes life so fascinating.

Here's a suggestion. Instead of questionning whether you know 'enough' ask yourself what you do know.

What experience do you have?

What value can you add?

What ideas or opinions can you share?

See every experience as an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions; listen to alternative perspectives; offer value; and learn... and you won't go far wrong.


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