On “The Moment”, Brian Koppelman asks Seth Godin about self-talk (around 50:28)
Brian: How did you self talk after that? What did you do?
Seth: So my dad had given me these cassettes and I still believe this to be true. We’re seeing it now with the audio revolution. Which we can talk about for one second, in a minute. It wasn’t self talk, it was Zig talk. Zig Ziglar talked to me every day for three hours. For three hours a day, for three years, I listened to this guy. Son of a preacher, we did not have a lot in common, I gotta tell you.
I knew it by heart because there were only 72 hours of stuff. That voice in my head took over because I didn’t have the voice I needed in my head. This guy was telling me stuff that was usually completely irrelevant. But the cadence of his voice reminded me of the best parts of his story. And some people get it from ___, some people get it from James Clear, some from, whatever it is, the running magazine…
- You can do this by searching YouTube for your favorite speakers and making some playlists. Try some different speakers out and see which ones resonate with you. Then listen to it again and again.
- They go on to discuss the power of repetitively listening to this positive talk. Over time you can start thinking with that positivity.
- After listening to this, I started listening to some Zig Ziglar and am now looking for different audio to put on repeat. Seth himself would be a pretty good voice to keep around for destroying negative self talk.
- Seth mentions that the audiobook for The War of Art is rare now. I could’ve sworn I have it. I didn’t realize it’s not for sale on Audible anymore but I still have access to my copy. It’s not the one narrated by Steven Pressfield. I went ahead and picked up Turning Pro, which is narrated by him. I’ll try that out for a bit.