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May 15, 2023

Tattoo Your Mind with Doug Dickerson

Tattoo Your Mind with Doug Dickerson
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We all have recurring thoughts. Which thoughts are currently tattooed on your mind?

Doug Dickerson shares how to tattoo your mind with positivity. Learn valuable takeaways such as guarding self-talk, making 1% daily improvements, believing in yourself, cultivating a growth mindset, and minding the influences you allow in your life.

Get ready to tattoo your mind in a good way. 

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation: 

  • Guard your self-talk

  • Make 1% improvement every day 

  • The importance of believing in yourself

  • The power of ‘not yet’ 

  • Cultivating a growth mindset

  • Minding the influences you allow in your life

[04:12] The Power of Positive Self-Talk

Often, we unconsciously adopt beliefs and belief systems imposed on us by others. These beliefs stem from our personal stories, upbringing, and societal conditioning, and they can shape our thoughts and define our lives. Our thought patterns have a profound impact on our well-being and success. We must remain vigilant of our self-talk and the conversations we have with ourselves, as they shape our outlook on life. 

Negative thoughts can easily creep into our minds, but we have the power to control them. We need to cultivate positive self-talk, even when there isn't someone else to lift us up. We can choose to encourage ourselves with uplifting thoughts, empowering beliefs, and positive affirmations that propel us toward our goals. Regardless of the labels that society or others may place upon us, we have the power to define and shape our own lives through our self-talk.

[10:39]  1% Daily Improvement

Consistently making a 1% improvement every day has the potential to bring about life-changing results. This concept is highlighted in James Clear's book Atomic Habits, which emphasizes the significance of small, incremental progress. By changing one's mindset and committing to adding value to oneself and others through 1% improvement daily, we can greatly impact our lives and those around us over time. Additionally, an article was recently discovered, further exploring this topic.

[22:05] The Power of Not Yet

The idea of "not yet" is to shift the way we think about things we don't understand or haven't mastered yet. Rather than saying, "I just don't get it," we say, "I don't understand it yet." It's a small change, but it can make a huge difference. By acknowledging that we haven't grasped something yet, but we will eventually, we approach learning with a growth mindset. It's all about being positive and believing in our ability to learn. Even if we don't understand something today, we remind ourselves that we haven't learned it yet, but we will. It's a powerful way to keep ourselves motivated and driven to succeed.

Notable quotes:

[36:25] "You have to do what you have to do to preserve and protect that wellspring of life that's within you and preserve it for your family as well." [36:35]

[04:48] "The thoughts that we entertain have a way of defining us." [04:55] 

[06:13] "We can tattoo our mind with positive thoughts” [06:25] 

Resources Mentioned:

Leadership Lessons for Mr. Bates

Atomic Habits by James Clear

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About the Guest 

Doug Dickerson is the author of leadership books including Leaders Without Borders and It Only Takes a Minute. Doug Dickerson has been speaking to audiences in the U.S. and overseas for more than 30 years. Doug is a certified John Maxwell leadership, speaker, trainer, and coach. He loves leadership and leaning into organizations to help them grow in their leadership.