Prepare Your Mind
In 2007, I wanted an instructor position at a local university. My mentor said, “It will be hard. There’s lots of competition just to get an interview.” With lots of work, I landed the coveted interview.
That was only half of it. Now, I had to prove myself as the ideal candidate for the position. I became consumed with preparing my mind.
While preparing content prior to a presentation is essential (you must have something to talk about), your mind can affect and influence your message.
To prepare your mind you must:
Engage in positive self-talk
Practice, practice, practice.
Two weeks prior to this interview, I visualized standing in a classroom, teaching and connecting with college students.
I visualized answering questions thoughtfully. When the day came for my 8-hour interview, I felt calm, prepared, and ready.
When I felt a moment of insecurity or negative thinking, I paused, and changed my thought.
Instead, my mind said, “You got this!”
“You’re here. They want you here.”
“It’s a conversation to connect.”
These positive thoughts guided my verbal messaging to connect with department.
Weeks later, I got the exciting news: the university selected me as their new communication studies instructor!
These skills didn’t just happen overnight.
It takes practice.
Lots of practice.
All the time.
Changing your mind chatter is a life-changer.
Before you know it, you’ll be thinking and feeling more aligned and intentional to your authentic style.
Make your mind a daily practice.
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