Every now and then around here, we talk about a subject that makes us all sound crazy. Maybe we are – who knows. But, if we are, it isn’t for this reason.
It’s, you know, the voice. No, not an actual voice ringing in your ears. It’s the soundtrack in the back of your mind, the one that tells you that you can’t, you shouldn’t, you won’t, it would be too hard, and it probably wouldn’t work anyway. The one that likes to smack down dreams like it’s playing a carnival game.
We gone back and forth about the value of this voice, and whether it’s always against you or sometimes just trying to look out for you. You know about my fave quote from Amy Poehler that sometimes you just need put your brain in a drawer and let it tantrum itself out. So true.
Sometimes, there’s another tone to the noise in there, though.
It’s easy to get so caught up listening to the monologue about how your dream is there for all the wrong reasons that you forget:
It’s responding to something.
That voice wouldn’t have anything to say if your dreams hadn’t spoken first.
Who says that line of thinking is any less important than the cranky one that came after it?
When you’re having an actual, out-loud conversation with other people and someone interrupts someone else, they get called on it. Or they should, anyway. Cutting people off isn’t okay. Why are your dreams any different?
Now, you and I both know that getting angry about this isn’t going to help anything because what does that negative soundtrack love more than the sound of itself? A wrestling match. That thing LOVES getting you riled up, and tied up with it. So, what’s the goal?
Notice. Hear it, and call it out for what it is. At best, rude, and at worst, dead wrong. Then, without struggling, shift your attention back to the good stuff. To the thoughts that align with you being your best self. Give the power back to the energy that deserves it. You can make that choice, because you own that power. You always have, and you always will.
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