How we talk to ourselves plays such an important role in the lives we lead. As Joel Osteen says, “If you want to know where you are going to be five years from now, just listen to what you are saying about yourself.”
We all have greatness within, but, if we allow our minds to be invaded with negative thoughts, we will never be able to unlock our greatness.
We have all heard of the importance of self talk, but do we monitor and pay attention to our own thinking? Do we catch ourselves during stints of negativity?
What about if we had the opportunity to listen to an unscripted recording of our own thinking…. how would that sound?
Well, I actually had that rare occurrence happen to me this week.
In the life of a coach, the summer provides a time to to work on a few projects.
This past week, I sat down to record an introductory podcast. As with most new challenges, it was tougher than I anticipated.
After some time, I powered my way through my recording outline. It was now time to listen..
I put on the head phones and listened as the first few sentences came out smoothly, followed by a stumble… A restart led to a few more good paragraphs, then another stumble… this time followed by… “Come on JP… what the heck are you doing?” Another restart, led to a few more sentences, then a couple mispronounced words which led to, “Ahhh, speak English…JP….”
It was actually quite comical to listen to, but it was also telling. I was criticizing my own self for something that I had no experience in.
I had no recollection during the recording session of these negative remarks. It was not until after listening to the playback that I realized them.
Sometimes in our lives, our thinking can become so habitual that we do not even realize our own cynical thinking.
I had never recorded a podcast… but the voice within our heads demands perfection. The voice expects mastery regardless of the level of experience. And, if we do not measure up, the voice is the first one to let us know.
We will always be our own harshest critic, but it can really help when we become more aware of our thinking. By monitoring our thoughts, we ensure ourselves that we will not become distracted and absorbed by a negative thought.
Joel Osteen says we can master our self talk by speaking positive “I am’s” within our lives. I am strong. I am smart. I am talented. Osteen says, “Whatever follows the “I am” will eventually find you.”
It will always remain our choice in what follows our “I am’s.”
Let’s focus on choosing positive and uplifting adjectives in the week to come.
Until next week, thanks for reading.
Keep Chipping Away at your Greatness