Ernie had the right idea.
While randomly surfing the internet, I came across this great blog post by Ben Kamens, and in the process learned a new term: "rubber ducking".
Rubber ducking is something that programmers do to check their programs. The idea is they would periodically explain the code to their rubber ducks, and the act of explaining it out loud to someone else would help them catch any mistakes they were making.
This is brilliant, and not only for the obvious plethora of business and other tasks that we can apply it to.
What if we use rubber ducking as a way to check our thought process as it applies to general situations? Most people's self talk runs on and on, and since we never say it out loud we never hear the mistakes. This is a way that we can fact check what's going on in our heads.
Next time you have a situation you're beating yourself up about, try rubber ducking it. Say it out loud. Does it sound meaner and more negative than anything you would ever say to another person? Can you explain your thoughts on this in a way that sounds logical when you say it out loud?
This is a good way to find thoughts that you have that aren't actually serving you or helping you get to where you're trying to go. Thoughts you tell yourself because you think they are pushing you in a certain direction, when said out loud may make you feel like running the other way screaming.
Try it, and if it works for you, let me know. Would love to hear your stories!
Chris babbles about movies,pop culture, life, and weird stuff that occurs to her. Oh, and occasionally something useful happens.