self

When it comes to self-talk, a key variable is the questions we ask ourselves. Last week on Facebook I asked, “What is a typical question you ask when you dialogue with yourself?” Below are the 32 responses. Wool-gathering: Where’s my keys? Now what did I come in here for? LOL Why did I come into this room […]

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In last week’s post, I’m back in my college days. It’s crunch time—a Music History 101 exam. In my head, a sinister voice of temptation competes with a quiet voice reminding me to do what’s right. (Click here for part 1.) Do I tough it out on my own? Or “borrow” a couple of answers […]

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“I can’t believe I exploded like that!” I said to myself last weekend. I felt frustrated and trapped in a situation. Then when I got home, I blew my top at Tim. Afterward, I winced. “Yikes! Not again!” We all have moments when the pressure cooker builds up so much, something needs to give. The […]

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Here is an easy way to improve your health. When we fail, sometimes we head into a downward spiral. Our unhealthy choices make us frustrated and we talk to ourselves with degrading words, which fuels more unhealthy choices. Where can we change this cycle? In our self-talk. Here are some kind things you can say […]

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I had the privilege of taking home first prize in Portland Toastmaster’s Mock Tall Tales contest Monday night! I told the story of Jumping Jimmy of Calaveras County, who competed in a frog race and broad jump  (see blog posts of March 28 and April 2 for more of the story). At the end of […]

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Three part-time jobs: bird-dogging for a software business, tutoring four kids, and writing while burning the candle at both ends caught up with me. It was eleven at night. I rubbed my eyes with my palms and looked groggily at my computer screen. I was just getting ready to beat myself up for not canvassing […]

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Ryan Avery, twenty-five, is the youngest man to win first place in  the International Toastmasters Competition. Ryan, manager of marketing and communications for Special Olympics in Oregon, beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking in August. I’m in Ryan’s chapter of the club […]

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At a Toastmasters meeting Monday night, my speech took first place. But I didn’t take home the blue ribbon. Ron Bell did. My speech, a modern-day parable called The China Shop in the Bull, delivered explosive energy. Ron stood at the podium and with grace and gentleness and described family events when he was on […]

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Do you compare yourself with others? Hold up a yardstick to see how you measure up against their strengths? This week, we hear from my friend Bonnie Keller, an experienced and gifted water aerobics instructor (pictured here with her son, Matt). “I struggled with negative thoughts about myself. When I took aerobics,  I had a […]

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Jennifer Rothschild’s books Self-Talk,  Soul Talk, and its companion workbook, Me Myself and Lies, inspire me in my journey to improve my internal dialogue. Jennifer shared in her blog a couple of weeks ago:  How do you become your own consoling counselor when life hands you a big disappointment? 1. Tell yourself, “It is what it is!” […]

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