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Change Your Thinking for Success (Core Lesson)

By Wendy Weiss

Apply this article where it might fit with you — cold calling the press, handling incoming calls with clients, or improving the way you respond to negative situations.

One of my new favorite books to recommend to coaching clients is “The Feeling Good Handbook” by David D. Burns, M.D. This is a book about depression. The subtitle reads: “Overcome depression, conquer anxiety, enjoy greater intimacy.”

So why am I recommending a book about depression to my clients? This book is about a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy. The word “cognition” means “thought” and this book is a common sense look at changing the way people think and thus changing their behavior.

In “The Feeling Good Handbook” Dr. Burns lists “The Ten Forms of Twisted Thinking” that occur when people are depressed. These ten forms also exist when people are not depressed and they exist within many, many sales professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners. If you use any of these twisted forms (and most of us do in one way or another) it will negatively impact your sales. I am listing all 10 so that you can judge for yourself. The following list of “Twisted Thinking” is paraphrased from “The Feeling Good Handbook” by David D. Burns, M.D.


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