What’s in your head?

May 11 issue – Middlefield Post

When you read the title of the article, hear it like the Capital One credit card commercial “What’s in your wallet?” What I am talking about are the self-limiting conversations that we have with ourselves. They may sound like, “I don’t have enough time,” “I don’t have enough energy,” “I’m too old,” “I’m too young”…the list could get really long but you get the picture. These ‘conversations’ are what can stop us in our tracks and keep us from doing the things that are important to us. When you notice that you are having one of these internal conversations, picture a little monkey on your shoulder. This little monkey is chattering away and giving us reason after reason why our intended actions are NOT a good idea. Can you see where this can be self-limiting? Think of a time when you had a really great idea, one that was inspiring and exciting, but that you didn’t act upon. Now make a list of all the reasons that you didn’t take action. Do you see any signs of the little monkey in the list? Think of another great, wonderful, exciting idea you had and make another list of the reasons you didn’t take it to completion. Is there a pattern? Self-limiting conversations are completely normal and we all have them! They key is to simply recognize that we are having this conversation and decide that our fabulous idea is far more interesting than what the little monkey has to say.