Right on the heels of my post about Shine, the new movie about Entrepreneurs, comes Chris Brogan’s weekly BNL newsletter. That’s how I see it each week, but I think the official name is “Behind the Scenes”.
Each week comes a genuine, heartfelt newsletter for small business owners, for entrepreneurs, for those contemplating a new venture. It may be a business or it could be something personal. His target may not be the business owner, but that’s my lens. The newsletter is a mix of uplifting and practical ideas and I find myself forwarding it quite often.
This week’s issue touches on something that each of us deals with, whether we want to admit it or not, that our mind plays certain scripts over and over. Often, those scripts that we want to change have some negative impact or why would we contemplate changing them? Our inner voice, if you prefer, gives us positive and negative ways to view our worlds and we can change that inner voice.
Lots of people may have shot down your idea about a new business idea or invention idea you have. And lots of experts will give you advice on how you should rewrite the script you play in your head so that you can overcome the negativity out there. But they don’t always tell you how to do it. That’s the key.
Chris Brogan does a good job of this and suggests a fill in the blank script. Pretty easy to complete a short essay on where you want to be in life. He then does an amazing thing and presumes that we may have just a bit too much negative language and gives very real phrases to help us rewrite the script. His take: We’re shooting a new movie for our lives in 2010 and there’s no room on the set for bad actors.
From the newsletter, here’s a brief snippet of a couple of rewrites, for the rest, sign up for his Behind the Scenes newsletter:
- Wherever you hear “This isn’t going to work. You’re not ready for it,” I want you to replace it with, “I’m learning, and I think I can give this a try.”
- How about, “Give up. You’re failing.” Nope. Can’t work with that. Can you change that to, “Sometimes this feels so challenging. I’m working hard. I’ll see if I can go about this a different way, and I’ll ask around.”
TJ McCue is the founder of Sales Rescue Team and a web content guy.