In our team meeting at the end of every month, one Cutliner is invited to share a final thought. It’s a cool way to inspire and motivate the team and help set the tone for the following month. I’m always astounded by the creativity and different interpretations that are shared. Some people read stories, others play songs or share lyrics -- the only constant is that it’s always different. Last week, Liz left us with a quote from Alice Parker that hit home for me -- “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” I just loved it and it made me think about the power of a good self pep talk.
Taking a couple minutes a day or week to pump yourself up can seriously positively impact your mood, productivity, and performance. It can be the difference between a great meeting and a mediocre meeting, a positive impression and a negative impression, and so much more. Don’t believe me? Just check out this study that got national attention last year. Nearly 45,000 people participated (which is an enormous sample for a study in psychology) and the research ultimately found that self talk can help boost our performance. Remember that a self pep talk doesn’t need to require much effort. You could listen to a power jam on your commute to work instead of that podcast and simply tell yourself that you’re going to crush the day. That would take all of three minutes and, while I’m no scientist, I bet as a result you would crush the day.
Finally, I can’t talk about the power of a good self pep talk without sharing one of my favorite self pep talk videos of all time. We could all learn a lot from this little rockstar!! Now go forth and conquer.