Healing the Cruel Self
A Simple Reminder by Bryant McGill
Bryant McGill is a best-selling author, speaker and activist in the fields of self-development, personal freedom and human rights. He is an iconic personality and cultural critic, whose prolific writings have reached millions of people and appeared in thousands of works by other authors, educators and social leaders. His writings on values have been featured at the prestigious Foundation for a Better Life, who has called McGill one of “the brightest minds in human history.” In an official Congressional commendation, the nation’s leaders applauded McGill’s, “highly commendable life’s work,” as an Ambassador of Goodwill. He is the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated, Goodwill Treaty for World Peace. His writings and small aphorisms have been published in over 140 books and translated into 15 languages by publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Random House, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw Hill, For Dummies and Writer's Digest. His writings are used in the curriculum at the university level, have been implemented into a campus installation at Bangkok University, and have received positive reviews from professors at Columbia, Stanford and NYU.
Bryant is a sought after speaker who has delivered speeches with diverse groups, from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and Chief of the LAPD, to the United Nations, with Dr. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs. He has appeared nationally on network television, and his message is regularly heard on satellite and major market radio stations. Bryant was the front-page cover story of the WALL STREET JOURNAL relating to his expertise with social media, and protecting people from identity theft and cyber-bullying.
As a coaching and positive psychology thought-leader, McGill's simple writings have been endorsed by the former president of the American Psychological Association. His writings have appeared in publications such as Psychology Today, in peer-reviewed psychology journals, and in curriculum materials for mental health professionals. His works have been referenced and published by educational authorities such as the dean of NYU School of Medicine, Dartmouth University and The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Bryant has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. McGill is on a quest to prove that life is still beautiful, and that all people have the power to have a better life and world — NOW.
To learn more about Bryant's work visit: BryantMcGill.com
The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts. ~Bryant McGillAre you your own worst critic? If your internal dialog is killing your momentum towards reaching your goals and being happy, it's time to stop the pattern.
Here are five things that you can do to stop the negative chatter:
1. Be aware — pay attention to what you are saying to yourself. If you start being negative, stop yourself and move on. Dwelling on negative thoughts is not going to help you.
2. Call a friend — run the scenario that's going through your head by your best friend. They'll either tell you your being silly, offer a suggestion or maybe just listen.
3. Take a big breath. Just breathe for a bit. Being stressed can cause tension so take a moment away from the computer, your desk or the kids if possible. Concentrate on something positive that you have to be grateful for and restart your positive clock.
4. Try some pet therapy — take your dog for a walk or pet your cat. They're great listeners. Studies have proven that spending time with your pet can spark some "feel good hormones" which will certainly help.
You might like to read: Pets are good for you
5. Do something nice for someone else. Helping others gets you out of your own head and into a great frame of mind.
So, the bad news is that you are your worst bully but the good news is that you can change it. Having the power to change your internal dialog is a pretty darn big gift. I hope you use it well.
What do you do when you're having negative thoughts? What gets you to snap out of it?
ABOUT > Peg Fitzpatrick is a positive vibe producer, social media butterfly and general all around happy person! (Website)