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POWERFUL THOUGHTS: Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk

  • 16-Jan-2017
  • 11-Feb-2017
  • A 4-Week On-Line Full Class With Instructor (Concentration: Mastery Practices)

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Charles Lennox-Wright (1876-1932): Catching a Dream

Description

Your mind is like a garden. But rather than growing beautiful flowers, the winds of thought instead carry the seeds of weeds. Rather than seeing something beautiful, you have a tangled mess. But you can clear the weeds by using self-talk. 

Module 1: How To Benefit From the Proper Use of Self-Talk

Image by: Pilsmo: Skism

It's unfortunate that the right and proper self-talk is not commonly known. It's like having a powerful engine in a high performance vehicle and then not putting any gas in the tank. 

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand the nature and importance of self-talk.
  • Identify the downside of negative thinking and the upside of positive thinking.
  • Discover how to better monitor your self-talk.


Module 2: Reducing the Impact of Negative Self-Talk

"Those who have emotional problems engage in negative self-talk about 50 percent of the time." -- R. M. Schwartz


Evelyn De Morgan: Hope in the Prison of Despair

Pull The Weeds In the Garden of Your Mind. Periodically, all of us must engage in “weed pulling” to diminish the impact of negative thoughts and thinking. 

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Identify the major limiting beliefs that keep you from being more successful
  • Recognize the different types of negative self-talk
  • Know how you can diminish the impact of limiting beliefs

Skill Building Practice

  • Practice four methods designed to decrease negative self-talk.

Module 3: Making Powerful Thoughts More Powerful

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think." -- British Statesman, Benjamin Disraeli

Painting by: Alexandre Antigna (1817–1878): Le Feu (The Fire


Cultivate the Flowers. Besides cleaning out the weeds in your mental garden, it’s important to nurture the flowers. These are the empowering beliefs and thoughts that we need to have positive expectations of the future. And to do that, we must understand and practice positive self-talk. This includes learning how to think positively and constructing helpful affirmations.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Discover a set of affirmations own that you can employ.
  • Find out which makes for a good phrase and what makes for bad one.
  • Discover a set of positive beliefs that form your core based on critical incidents that happened in your life. 

Skill Building Practice

  • Develop your own affirmations
  • Know how to mentally strengthen a given affirmation while practicing them.

Module 4: Cognitive Restructuring: Advanced Techniques


Both psychology and Buddhism have many methods one can use employ effective thinking. Not all of these are easily learned.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Expectations: The Pygmalion and the Galatea Effect
  • The Mystery of Setting Good Intentions
  • The major cognitive bias many fail to detect
  • Ego Defense Mechanisms: Which ones are likely to trip you up
  • What cures depression can cure cognitive bias: Key takeaways from cognitive-behavioral therapy

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