Monday, January 23, 2017

The Voice In Your Head

Everyone has that one voice in their head. The voice that tells them whether something is a good idea or a bad one. The voice that tells them they're not too old to tackle a difficult challenge. The voice that tells them it is okay to eat the second dessert, lol. The voice that tells them that if they stay up late tonight they won't have any problem getting up early for work tomorrow.

That is the trouble with the 'voice' in our heads. Sometimes it is the voice of wisdom and experience trying to give us sound advice and sometimes it is our inner-child trying to convince us we are invincible and nothing could possibly go wrong.

Sometimes the voice tells us something different. Sometimes it tries to convince us that we aren't enough and that if we try to succeed we will most definitely fail. The sad part is that we often find ourselves listening to that uninvited voice. The voice that shouldn't have any merit, yet often does.

Sometimes the voice is in our head and sounds a lot like our own voice. Yet, other times the voice can be heard in line at the grocery store, during a meeting at work, or when we're walking among strangers at the mall. The voice can often be difficult to hear clearly; even more difficult to fully understand. There will be times when we hear it wrong or we completely misunderstand the message. There will be times when we misinterpret the words. There will even be times when we base our actions and choices on what we think we hear. 

We all know people, or at least that one person, who we allow to get under our skin and into our head. We start to listen to their voice and we begin to believe it and doubt our own. No one has that much power over us, unless we let them. Yes, they will try and may succeed at first ... until we realize that OUR voice is the one we should be listening to. We are the ones who know ourselves better than anyone else. We will never be enough for everyone else, but we will always be enough for the one person that truly matters ... ourself.

When the 'voice' in your head begins to sound unfamiliar, don't listen. If you can't help but listen, then try to do it objectively. Listen first and react second, only after you've evaluated the content. That voice is usually like the uninvited guest at the party. Sometimes you just need to show it the way to the door. When the voice that is most familiar to you sounds loyal and supportive and encouraging, then that is the voice you should take stock in.

When was the last time you listened to the wrong voice? What was it telling you? How did you figure out it was the wrong one?

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