"We all have voices in our heads which talk to us
on an almost constant basis. Our voices give us messages
continually, and what they say to us affects us. . ."
-- Juliene Berk
"This inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be
rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy,
attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak. . ."
-- Ralph Charell
"One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself
sufficiently often, whether the statement be true or false.
It comes to be the dominating thought in one's mind."
-- Robert Collier
[Classic post from 1-25-10]
It's those voices in our head! It's your own voice, as well as other people's voices as you play out scenario's of what was, what is or what might be. There seems to be a tendency with most people that I have talked to about it, that these voices and the situations played out are not usually uplifting and inspiring. Though we don't want things to happen that way, or interpret things that way, it is repeated over and over in our head anyway. Sometimes there even is a battle going on between opposing views of the same scenario. It reminds me of a cartoon I saw as a kid where the little devil was on one shoulder and the little angel on the other arguing at each other with the head in between.
Well, there you go. That's it. The real you is in the middle of this grand battle going on between the dark side and the light side, good and evil. It's hopeless. There is no way anyone can win in this battle. As much as we might want good to win, there will always be evil . . . what can a person do? Take Prozac? Get therapy? Accept the life you live?
James Allen says, "the path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there." He also said, "the greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." When I first read this last statement, it was like a light turned on in my head. These are not new thoughts, but it was to me.
But, just understanding what these quotes say and making the change are two different things. I thought, since humans have this tendency to complicate everything, I have to find the SIMPLE solution to make the change. I found it and I only found it in the last few years, but here it is:
How I talk to myself and the theme of the scenario's in my head are who I really am. If I want to change, I must change what I am saying to myself and change the theme.
Here are some simple steps to get started:
1. Start praising yourself. Yes, you read it here. Start praising yourself. You are a valuable creation and don't let anything or any book tell you otherwise. You are God's gift. Yes. You are. You can be or do anything you choose to be or do. You are worthy and deserving. Your organic chemicals that make up your body may only be worth about $32 as they say, but the you that is inside that organic suit is worth millions of millions (that's trillions!). Fact is, as they say in the commercial, you are "priceless." You are the world's greatest! God made you and threw away the mold. You are, as they say in manufacturing, a one-up. The one and only one.
2. Gobbledegoogle. I learned this technique from Anthony Robbins, although I changed the name, so now it's mine. . . When you detect that you are thinking stinking things, immediately, and even in mid-sentence, STOP! Now play it backward with cartoon images and listen to the voice talking backward. It's such fun. Then, pretend there are some hands with a very sharp, large knife, chopping that mass of gobbledegooglie into a million little bits and the wind just blows them away and they are no more. Change it up each time, so it's all fun. Next time, take the sentence out of the air and throw it out on the freeway and let those big trucks just run over it. Or, pretend you take the whole paragraph and run it through a wood chipper into the back of a truck. What fun!
3. Change the picture. Instead of being the foe in your movie, become the hero. See yourself winning, making the right decisions, being recognized and rewarded for your wisdom and intelligence. See the world clamoring for your products. See the 50,000 friends on Facebook. You are going to play the movie no matter what. It cannot be helped. But, you are the director. That's right. YOU are the director. The director makes the movie! You and only you choose who plays in it and how they play. You are in total control. It is awesome! You are awesome!
Well, there you go. Simple. It doesn't need to be hard. You don't need drugs. You don't need anything external at all. It is an inside job. You don't need a resume. You are already the boss.
I Am The Director! I Am In Charge! I Love My Movie!
Spread Some Joy Today--Praise yourself every chance you get. No it's not conceit, it's love. Conceit is thinking you are better than everyone else. You are unique. There is no other exactly like you. Love yourself first, love everyone else for their uniqueness next. That's another way of saying, what comes around, goes around. . . or was it the other way around? It's a circle no matter. . . a circle of love.