Welcome! If you are visiting from Michael Hyatt's blog today, Thank You! I hope you will consider subscribing to my blog, or coming back to visit on a regular basis.When I read that Michael Hyatt accepted guest posts on his blog, I thought, "Maybe I should submit something." Almost immediately however, came the next thought, "Why would he publish anything written by you?" However, I've come to recognize that second voice for the liar that it is.
Over the past year, I've come to realize that the main thing holding me back was me. I've come to recognize the voices in my head, and identify them for who or what they are. No, I'm not schizophrenic. I'm talking about the running dialog in my head. Maybe you have it too. Learning to recognize the voices can help you stop holding yourself back.
1. The Voice of Lies. Whether you call it an overactive conscience, the pessimist in you, or even the devil, the liar is always there to tell you that you can't, you'll fail, and you're not good enough. I've learned that if I respond to the liar with reality, the lies go away. This takes a lot of practice, especially if you've been listening to the lies for a long period of time.
2. The Voice of Reality. When the Liar said, "Why would Michael Hyatt publish you?" The Voice of Reality could honestly respond, "I'm a regular reader of his blog, I think I understand what he's looking for, and because he is the father of 5 daughters I believe he will appreciate my viewpoint from the home front." The Voice of Reality even whispered, with more hope than reality, "You are a good writer." The Voice of Reality is you, the real you who understands your capabilities. It honestly states your abilities with neither ego nor self deprecation.
3. The Voice of Truth. Whether you call this one your intuition, or (as I believe) the Holy Spirit, the Voice of Truth is different than the Voice of Reality. Reality is from our own perspective, while Truth is bigger than reality. Max Lucado illustrates this point in his story of The Woodcutter's Wisdom. We can't always recognize the bigger picture. But the Voice of Truth directs us. When the Voice of Truth warns us not to do something, it is not because we are not worthy. It is often because what we are doing is not worthy of us. The Voice of Truth spurs us on in wisdom.
What are you stopping yourself from doing by believing the Voice of Lies? What does Reality say? What does Truth say? Keep taking your leaps of faith. Eventually you'll stick the landing.
What steps will you take to stop negative self talk from holding you back?