Talk To Yourself and Be Your Own Cheerleader

Usually, if someone says that they talk to themselves out loud, the internal insanity radar might activate. It will probably activate even more when they tell you that they see other people or things that don’t actually exist. And if openly admitting that talking to yourself does not get you onto the weirdo list, try admitting that you hear voices!

Well, I will admit it. I hear voices, and as a result, I have begun to talk to myself… at times, out loud. Sometimes it gets to the point that when I hear the voices I start talking to myself internally so no one can hear me. But if I am alone, a few words just might slip out into the air! Look, the voices I sometimes hear can only go away when I talk to them. So, call me crazy if you like.

Ok… I am not crazy, or psychotic, or mentally challenged, or any of the other words that you might be thinking about me right now, that is, if you are still reading this post.

On my journey toward living a life of value and purpose, I have found that there are some voices that live inside my head. Some of them I created, but others, I allowed to be inserted by other people. Their names are Past, Fear, Worry, Negativity, Doubt, Shame, and even Reality. So, at those times, one thing that works to quiet and combat those voices is words of Logic, Wisdom, Confidence, Faith, and even Laughter. Yes, laughter. Once I learned to laugh at how foolish I was to let little giants of fear bully the big giants of potential, intelligence, and confidence, all the personal anger and disappointment of what I may have failed to accomplish turns into action towards change.

Call me crazy, but I’ve discovered the one time talking to yourself is critical, essential to life, necessary, therapeutic and even magical.

Becoming the Change To See Improvement in Your Life

Yesterday, while listening to a lecture by Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, one of his points stuck out for me as a simple life changing thought that I already knew but needed to be reminded of:

If you want change, YOU must change… When you change, everything will change for you; when you get better, everything will get better for you.

Though debatable whether it was Gandhi’s direct quote, “be the change you wish to see in the world,” came to mind, except I envisioned it to read… “Be the change you wish to see in YOUR world and inevitably you will see the change you wish to see in THE world.”

As I find myself in a time of reflection, evaluation, personal growth, and preparation for the next season of life, Rohn’s statement resonated with me in a very powerful way. Too often, it is easy to either focus on the things that hinder(ed) you from meeting a goal, or to overlook (or deny) the things that are within your power to change your outcome/life.

This lecture encouraged me to commit to the personal challenge of changing the areas in me that must change in order for me to see life change! Your change may be different than mine, but the first step is to be honest with yourself about the factors and the excuses you allow/make that stifle and hinder positive change in your life. Then, focus on making sure you work harder on yourself than anything or anyone else.