Our Inner Voice: Coach or Critic?

“Each day we wake to the sounds of a mental melody…an inner voice.  One that sets the stage for the day’s possibilities or impossibilities.” 

We often complain of the multitude of meetings and appointments that we regularly schedule and routinely attend.  Our own calendar is often steamrolled by this march of meetings…blotting out any actual time for the real work that must be accomplished.

And yet, we create and attend hundreds of thousands of our own meetings we self-create each and every day…the only difference is that they don’t extend beyond our own mindscape.  We live in constant consultation with our own inner voice…a virtual meeting of the minds you might say.

We all do it.  We all have an inner voice that we communicate with throughout the day.  We all engage in self talk.

The question is…

Whether your self talk, your inner voice serves you as a coach or a critic?

Which side of your self talk demands your attention?  Which inner voice is loudest?

Each day we face hundreds and thousands of decisions for which we hold conference within our head.  The coach and the critic arguing to determine which way you will go?  Which path you will take?  The question is…which inner voice is winning out…the coach or the critic?

We must always remember…self-talk can be a force for success and strength or a road to defeat and depression…and it all gets determined within our own head.

So which is it…

Which voice are you listening to?  The coach or the critic?

“The Voice”

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

I feel this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you-just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

-Shel Siverstein

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