Good day everybody. I’m Russel Dennis, your nonprofit possibility engineer. And I wanna talk with the place that leaders probably should start to get better with what their doing. That’s with you. It’s with choosing yourself. Now what does it mean to choose yourself? Well, I think we would start with noticing what we’re thinking. How do you talk to yourself? Especially if you make mistake or you’re not performing up to your own expectations.

A lot of us have negative self talk in our heads and we chastise ourselves for even the smallest mistakes. We wouldn’t treat anybody in our family that way and we wouldn’t treat our coworkers, or employees, or bosses that way. We simply don’t talk to ourselves as kindly as we talk to other people. And I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that if other people spoke to use the way that we speak to ourselves we’d probably be on the verge of becoming either very violent or very depressed because we don’t always talk to ourselves in a kind and compassionate manner.

I find that for me, I treat people the way that I treat myself. And so, in choosing to be kind to myself and having compassion for myself it starts with how I talk to myself. Noticing how I do that and turning that negative language into positivoe language. Because each and every one of us has a lot of attributes and we’re remarkable people. People of purpose and people of service. This is why we’re nonprofit leaders.

So, just take a few minutes to notice how you’re talking to yourself today and use kinder, gentler, less judgemental language. After all, nobody’s perfect all the time. But if we’re kinder to ourselves, we’ll certainly be kinder to the people that we’re reaching out to and will create a better experience for them. Once again, choose yourself.

If you’d like to talk about this and more things, schedule a discovery session with me at bit.leebookrocks. I’d love to talk about some of the things that you’re doing in your nonprofit to help lift the people around you up so that the whole team is more effective. Until next time, I’m Russ Dennis your nonprofit possibility engineer.

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