Should we be talking to dead people???

Besides having flashbacks to the film “Sixth Sense” this idea was actually sparked by a blog by Zachary Fenell this week. He wrote about talking to yourself and the conversations and debates we are having and should be having with the “voices in our heads.”

In 2013 I was introduced to a book called Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. That single book led me to read 3 more Napoleon Hill titles soon after. In one of his books he gave the example of having a “meeting of the minds” to discuss ideas and business. However, this was not your typical meeting.

He talked about how he would sit at the table and have a conversation with the great leaders of the world. For example, pretending to be sitting down with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, etc. At first it seems crazy, but the more I thought about it I realized it’s crazy not to ask ourselves what great minds would think of our own ideas.

I am a big believer in the necessity of positive self talk. There are so many things we tell ourselves constantly and fear tends to take control if we don’t actively keep a positive mindset.

This week I had “one of those days” where nothing seemed to be going right. The intensity of the business day was taking its toll on me. On top of that I was having issues personally that I had to unexpectidly deal with as well. Looking back it was not as bad as it seemed in the moment. However, here is an “ah-ha” moment I had thanks to reading Zachary Fenell’s blog earlier in the day.

I was driving back to my office and thought to myself, “What would grandpa say about this situation? How would he handle it?” 

I pictured him sitting in my passenger seat and simply started venting my frustration of my current situation. What happened was surprisingly relieving. I started to remember the things he used to say when things went wrong. I began talking out loud about things that actually made sense of how to handle the situation and what the true problems were that I was dealing with. I calmed my frustrations and solved my problem by simply trying to see it from someone else’s perspective. 

At first it seemed crazy; however, it was something I absolutely needed at that moment.

We all need help at times. Make the commitment to see the situation through the eyes of a historic leader or simply someone you could always rely on. What would they say or do? How would they make the best decision possible?

Having a better perspective always leads to better decisions.

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I look forward to the conversations you’ll have with the great people of your life. They may be gone, but their wisdom still remains.

Enjoy the day my friends!

-ibbjames