Believe it or not, the most influential voice in your life isn’t that of a parent, friend, popular recording artist, or philosopher. It’s yours!
The voice that carries the most influence is the one inside our heads; our self-talk. How we speak to ourselves will determine the degree to which we fail or succeed in achieving our life goals, ambitions, and potential.
When I was younger I would jump from across climbing apparatus in the local park without giving my actions a second thought. Though there were obvious dangers, the fact that I didn’t think about them resulted in me having great fun.
It was only when the potential dangers of breaking bones were brought to my attention and I began to dwell on them that my play became more cautious. At that point all the possible dangers became more apparent and real.
The decisions we make from day to day, and the way we behave, are directly linked to our inner dialogue – the conversations we have with ourselves.
They shape our world more than we realise.
Recognising, and where necessary, challenging your thoughts is a first step in moving towards achieving your desired outcomes. Learning to recognise and listen to your self-talk, is the starting point for being better able to make change.
Thought patterns, particularly unhelpful thinking, can become habitual. And if allowed, can also be a stumbling block to any efforts towards living life to the full and being the best you can be.
Believe it or not, but your failure to succeed isn’t determined solely by external factors, but rather your inability, and in some instances unwillingness, to reject the influence of your inner critique.
You know, the voice behind your fears and procrastination.
In challenging your dialogue, you can change your perspective. In changing your perspective, you can change your outcomes. This is why you need to be aware of what you’re saying to yourself daily and be proactive in addressing it.
Over to you
How has your inner conversation impacted you? What do you need to change? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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