The hardest part about going after anything that’s meaningful is the conversation that goes on inside your head.
What do you tell yourself when you set an important goal, and then start to work toward it?
Listen in – what do you hear?
You will know how important your goals are based on how difficult it is to hear what the critic inside your head is saying.
If you have zero struggle with self-talk as you reach for your goals, you’re either not going big enough, or you simply don’t care enough.
The more you care, the more challenging it is to deal with your internal monologue.
The great news is there are proven strategies for dealing with self-talk. The following are the 3 most critical steps you can take when your inner critic (self-talk) is making it hard to breathe:
- Acknowledge the critic. Like a child who’s crying out, stop what you’re doing and actively listen. This simple act creates a great sense of calm. It brings awareness, and awareness is the most important element to shifting your results.
- Keep the bigger picture in mind. Remind yourself of the outcome you’re striving to achieve.
- Get (and stay) focused on the very next step. Climbing Mount Everest happens one step at a time.
My great friend and colleague, Vernice Armour, says, “Acknowledge the obstacles, but don’t give them power.” Sage advice!
Focus on reaching for greatness, notice the stories (thoughts) you are creating, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Here’s to Your Greatness,
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