Listen To Your Inner Voice & Change That Dialogue

There is no better way to feel good about yourself than changing your internal dialogue. Yes, you have the power to change your inner voice. That little voice in our head that either encourages us to go do something else – like procrastinating, or the other one… the critical one… the one that tells us how much we suck because we didn’t get half of the things in our to-do- list completed.

Here’s a terrifying (but strangely comforting) fact: A whopping 89% of people don’t regularly finish their daily to-do lists. So, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Why is it important to listen to those voices?

Because they have an impact on your life both on a conscious and a subconscious level. Let’s start with that negative voice because I think in the long run it’s the most destructive of the two. In a previous post we talked about the importance of forgiving yourself for being a procrastinator. To quickly recap, it does you no good to beat yourself up over past procrastination and that you should expect to “fail” by procrastinating again here and there.

Nobody is perfect. We all have good days and bad days. The important part is to show up and try your best.

That little negative voice in your head doesn’t help you do that. Become aware of it and when you hear it, defuse it. You can do this by responding to it out loud or in writing (via a journal). Or get up and do something else.

Do whatever it takes to silence that voice.  A great option is to prove it wrong by doing something productive. Over time that voice will speak up less and less unless you indulge it by paying attention to it and letting it ruin your day.

Next, it’s time to tackle the voice in your head that tells you it’s much more fun to do just about anything other than what you should be doing. We all have that voice. It’s why we come up with terms like procrasticleaning and procrasticrafting. We can get innovative when it comes to doing anything but the thing we don’t want to work on, and that little voice is feeding us suggestions and cheering us on.

The best way to diffuse this voice into something more productive is with “yes, and” statements. “Yes, browsing Pinterest sounds like a lot of fun and I’m going to browse for 20 minutes or so after I get this task done.” Use the suggestions this voice gives you as bribes if they sound like something fun. Ignore them otherwise or put them off until tomorrow.

“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” ~Amit Ray

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