The Power of Self-Talk– by Dr. Perry, Make it Ultra
Dr. Perry is one of my favorite bloggers – one day last week his post about self-talk was extraordinary. You should check it out – as well as other posts on his page.
Self talk, or inner monologue, is the voice inside your head. We all have them. In his article, he talked about two schools of thought about how and why they exist. He also described how, many times, this voice will start positive, but as life wears on, will become more negative, telling you all of the reasons why you can’t do something.
One key take-away from his post was this:
“We must learn to actively engage with this (inner) voice in order to keep it positive and avoid letting the negative self-talk or negative core beliefs infiltrate our life.
It helps to identify your inner voice as that of your inner child. Much like a child, it needs to be taught rules and manners. It must be trained to be comfortable with silence in order to avoid constant unnecessary chatter. When your inner voice throws a tantrum and begins to tell you all the things that are wrong with you and your life, it must be met with kindness and compassion.”
Unnecessary chatter – my inner voice frequently talks to me – in fact, probably needs to be trained to be comfortable with silence.. Often, my mind will role-play conversations with other people, most of which never take place. The good thing about my inner-monologue is that, in general, it is very positive. Ever since over-coming my “dark” days, I tend to be a very positive person and, as such, my inner voice is generally my cheerleader, telling me that I CAN do things, often encouraging me to step out boldly without a safety net. Frankly, I’d rather live life dangerously than not at all.
What does your inner-voice tell you?