Our actions, thoughts and desires are what makes us humans, human.
What also makes us unique is our subconcious mind. This part of our brain is where we store previous decisions, experiences and perceptions. It is also where our “Inner Voice” dictates to us how we act or perhaps prevents us from acting.
How loud is your inner voice? Is it kept to an acceptable level where it can only be heard occasionally? Or is it so loud that it prevents you from experiencing life and taking risks?
Think about this for one moment. We all know that our time on this planet is short. With this loud inner voice preventing you from experiencing new things and adventures, can you not see how much time is being wasted? You need to hush that negative voice that is telling you that you are stupid, lazy and not suitable for anything once and for all!
How do you do that?
Here is a very simple technique that we use with our clients and has proven to be effective.
1. Take a blank piece of paper and on the left hand side, write down those things that your inner voice is telling you. e.g. “You are not smart” ” You are fat” “You are lazy”
2. On the other side of the page, write statements that are condradictory to that. e.g “I am smart” “I am not fat” “I am not lazy”
3 Take a black marker and after repeating each statement in the left hand column, cross it out with the marker. Make sure you say it out loud and with conviction so it will register in your mind.
4. From the right hand column, pick out the top 5 statements that have been your hardest challenges to overcome. Make this into a statement/mantra for yourself to repeat every day. For example ” I am intelligent and I love my body. I have lots of energy to greet everything that comes my way”.
5. Every morning, recite this four times. The first two times, your subconcious mind will resist- push through it! By the fourth time your newly erased subconcious mind will be accepting it and will replace the former negative thoughts with affirmative ones.
Repeat this exercise daily for 20 days as it takes this long to create a habit. Once you have begun to memorize it, say it in a mirror with conviction.
You will find that your outlook on life will be impacted. You will be revitailized with energy and self-confidence that perhaps you were not aware of.
Life should be savoured. Shut down that negative inner voice that has prevented you from enjoying life. This is all you have, so make the most out of it!