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“Talk to yourself the way you would talk to someone you love.”

-Brene Brown, Author of Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

I have read 4 of her books (actually listened to them on Audible) and enjoyed every single one of them.  I would highly recommend picking one up.  Here are the ones I read:

Daring Greatly

The Gifts of Imperfection

-Braving the Wilderness

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

This quote stuck out to me big time.  I work with so many people and have worked with countless people through my job as the Gym Manager at CrossFit Kinnick.  Most people that I have worked with struggle with NEGATIVE SELF TALK.  If this resonates with you then this quote is for you.

I think the first step in overcoming the negativity towards yourself is to become AWARE of it.  To realize that you put yourself down and talk down to yourself.  The next step would be to ACKNOWLEDGE it in the moment.  When you find that you are putting yourself down catch it.  Then we need to make a plan to change that.  Think back to this quote and treat yourself the way you would treat someone you LOVE.  The way you would talk to someone you truly care about.  You don’t even have to completely believe it.  But you need to say it and think it.

Personally, I do not struggle much with negative self talk.  Maybe on a bad day or if I get frustrated or in the middle of a workout but for the most part I don’t struggle with this anymore.  I struggle with other things that we wont get into this time.  But I know this is a HUGE struggle for people so I hope that this helps.  Again, I would encourage you to pick up one or all of Brene Browns books and enjoy them!

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