We all have our internal critics. The part that tell us what we can’t possibly do. Mine insists, quite convincingly: “You can’t do that! You don’t have what it takes.”
Those voices may never shut up. But just because you hear voices in your head, doesn’t mean you have to follow them.
As Vincent Van Gogh once said: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you can not paint,’ by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.”
Indeed, keep reminding yourself: “that’s not my voice.” It’s the voice of a parent, the culture, teachers, friends, something ‘out there.’ But it isn’t mine.
Then simply say to that voice: “Thank you for sharing,” and start replacing the old voice with different, more positive statements, a personal mantra or affirmation.
The ones I keep repeating: “Of course I can handle this!” And “It’s so easy!” And I keep saying those words with utter conviction, even if I don’t fully believe them.
Here’s what invariably happens. As I repeat those phrases, over and over again, the voices gradually disappear, my resistance begins to fade, and I watch myself proceed almost effortlessly.
What does the negative voice in your head say? And, what can you replace it with? Leave me a comment below.