✏ That Insidious Voice: Your Inner Me is the Enemy
“Nobody will support you.”
“Do you realize how much work that’s going to take?”
“Just do it this way; it’s the way it’s always been done.”
“Hi, I’m the voice in your head. Call me the Inner Voice — it’s a pleasure to finally talk. My job is protect you and ensure you stay in your comfort zone. Sometimes you tend to consider an ill-advised course of action without consulting me.You need to realized that *I* am in charge. Don’t listen to your heart — all it does is operate off emotion, and we know that will compromise everything. “Trust me . . .”
“Whatever you do, you must never let the voice in your head control the brain your heart.”
Sound familiar? We all have that insidious Inner Voice. It’s the one that lives on first impressions — the most popular of which is fear. That inner voice can distort reality simply by making you overthink a situation. It can also process a situation in seconds and cause you to overreact for no reason.
Now enter the Voice of Reason. It’s the one that takes its time to speak up, because it requires reason and logic to evaluate the direction you should take. If you exercise patience and use discipline to not rush a decision, then you’ll become more comfortable with the art of processing and thinking things through. This mindset, with awareness and practice, can become a habit. Once you recognize the position you’re in, a trigger will consciously stop the Inner Voice and allow the voice of reason to take over.
“Trust that little voice in your head that says, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if . . .’. And then do it.”
For many, when confronted with a decision, an automatic sense of urgency kicks in. The reality is that even the most important decisions that demand quick response still allow you time to process and evaluate. The clock in our head ticks much quicker than the one on the wall. Take a deep breath, collect yourself, now evaluate the situation. Tell me you can’t do that in less than thirty seconds? Imagine what you can do with a few minutes.
If you want to become a better decision-maker, focus on the one thing that can benefit any goal you’re chasing: patience. With patience comes wisdom. With wisdom comes experience. With experience, you have the capacity to visualize the pros and cons of anything that comes up.
“A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”