Inner Voice: The Voice Inside Your Head. Other than that, you’re ok!Everybody has a voice in their head (not just crazy people). The voice in our head is known by psychologists as the “inner voice” or “self-talk.”
Our inner voice determines how we perceive any given situation.
This can be harmful
Allowing our inner voice to conjure up all the negative possibilities destroys our ability to handle the situation. Our inner voice telling us, “It can’t be done,” or “remember what happened last time,” can stop us in our tracks. Our inner voice can paralyze us.
This can be beneficial
If you are constantly thinking of “how well things are going to turn out” then your potential will rise and you will put more effort into whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.
Believing that you will not fail, will give you a better chance at succeeding!
- You will take more action.
- When you take more action, you will get bigger results.
- Bigger results will confirm what you have been saying to yourself the entire time, “See, I told you I could do it!”
- This will increase your potential even greater – and you will become more and more empowered.
Your inner voice is the most talkative being you have ever known – it doesn’t rest. There are ways to silence it, through meditation. It will however, turn itself back on and keep rambling.
So, what do we do about this talkative creature living inside our head? For certain, we must be sure it is “on our side” and if it wants to chatter, it needs to chatter things that encourage us. Things that motivate us. Things that ensure us we are capable. If it wants to tell us how “amazing” we are – then we ca be friends. Otherwise, we will refer to it in the 3rd person. We will not acknowledge that it is “us” and we will not allow it to contribute to our decision-making process.
Your subconscious mind is a social creature. It doesn’t want to be “left out.” We can exploit this characteristic of our subconscious mind and use it against it!
The saying goes: Whomever is not for me, is against me.
This also applies to your inner voice. It can be your greatest asset, or your worst.
We have complete control of our thoughts (bet you knew that already)
If you have complete control of your thoughts, why wouldn’t you want to have uplifting, encouraging and motivating things repeated to you all day?
Would you rather hang out with someone (your subconscious) that is always telling you “you can’t” or someone (your subconscious) that is always telling you “you can?”
Surely, you’d rather hang out with someone that uplifts you?
So, how do we shift our subconscious mind to “be on our side.”
Getting rid of your “inner critic” and having productive, motivational and encouraging conversations with yourself has absolutely, no downside. To the contrary, allowing your inner critic to “run a muck” and say negative things to you (like it naturally wants to do) can destroy your life – if it hasn’t already?
You have the power to change!
Having positive “inner conversations” will allow you to see creative solutions to every problem you encounter!
How do I turn things around?
- Acknowledge your inner voice: Yes, you have one! For the next 2 weeks, do not worry about trying to change anything. All you need to do in this step, is beginning to acknowledge your inner voice. Every single negative though that comes to your mind, needs to be written down – you will need to carry a notepad with you. Do not “fight” your negative thoughts, just jot them down. After 2 weeks of this, you will be completely aware of every “incident” where your inner voice had something negative to say. It will no longer be hiding in your subconscious mind, it will be exposed.
- After 2 weeks, you will begin to take control – once you are fully aware of the situation and how badly you realize “it must change.” You will continue to think negative thoughts only you will no longer write them down. Immediately upon realizing you are thinking a negative thought you will say to yourself, “CANCEL CANCEL.” This is an interruption technique. Your negative thoughts need to be interrupted. You will do this for 7 days – every single time you think something negative – you say to yourself, “CANCEL CANCEL.”
- Next, add positive affirmations to your schedule. Use post it notes, put one on your bathroom mirror, one on your rear-view mirror in your car, one on your computer screen at work, everywhere you can think to put one…. put one. Each “post it note” will have a unique positive affirmation that you will read every time you see your post it notes. You will do this for 30 days (it typically takes 14 days for your subconscious mind to “rewire itself, so we will be “over-killing it” to ensure success.
- Continue to use, “CANCEL CANCEL and read the Positive affirmations you have posted everywhere.
- Gratitude – practice gratitude. (check out our gratitude post: click here)
Having an inner voice that is on your side is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself. Imagine having someone telling you how awesome you are – everyday, all day. You can, and you will have this! It is not hard to do, it just takes persistence (and you have plenty of that)
All you must do, is be willing to do it!
What are some of the negative things you say to yourself and how important is it to you that you stop? Let us know in the comment section below!