Here we are at the beginning of a new week, full of new possibilities and opportunities to grow and learn and to live fully!
I woke up to beautiful, warm sunshine streaming into my bedroom, already buzzing with excitement about the things happening in my business and just generally grateful for this beautiful life. Before I even got out of bed I knew today would be awesome, and it has been thus far!
When you think about it, isn’t that how it usually works out?
When you think it will be a great day, somehow the day rises up to meet that challenge. And when you allow yourself to get caught up in that dialogue with your inner critic, you know that nagging voice that sometimes pops into your heard, you begin to focus on all the reasons that your day is going to SUCK – et voila!- it usually does.
Well, that is how it usually plays out for me anyway. And being prone to bouts of deductive reasoning, I made the decision to stop entertaining that inner critic, whom I often refer to as Deedee Doomanddont (pronounced “doom and don’t”), unless she had something constructive to say. Since Deedee is quite social and loves company, she had to play by my rules or GET OUT OF MY HEAD.
So how do you tame your inner critic? How do you get that voice of the Deedee Doomanddonts, the Debbie Downers and the Willy Whatifyoufails to stop filling your head with self-fulfilling and self-defeating doom-and-don’t thoughts?
I literally began cutting my inner critic off in her tracks. Each time “you can’t do that”, “this is going to be a disaster” or some other “doom and don’t” statement came up, I silenced the voice with a childhood trick; simply repeating, “You are talking to me, I am not listening! Unless you can say something nice, don’t say anything!*”
Continue to repeat until you no longer hear that voice or it begins to offer encouragement and constructive, creative ideas on how you CAN make something happen. It takes some determination- and the willingness to say this aloud if necessary, but it works like a charm.
Today is a perfect day to try this out and let me know how it works for you! Have an amazing week- you already know it will be!
*NOTE: You learn lots of useful stuff growing up with seven siblings. And in case any of them are reading, I adore my brothers and sisters!