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Mastering Your Inner Voice

16/04/2024

Do you have an inner voice that is a constant companion, whispering thoughts, fears, desires and judgments? This inner voice is the source of our emotional reactions and impulses. It represents the emotional and instinctual aspects of our thoughts and behaviours, guiding us through decisions, but also sometimes leading us away from our values and […]

Do you have an inner voice that is a constant companion, whispering thoughts, fears, desires and judgments? This inner voice is the source of our emotional reactions and impulses. It represents the emotional and instinctual aspects of our thoughts and behaviours, guiding us through decisions, but also sometimes leading us away from our values and goals with impulsive reactions and emotional turmoil. Recognising when our inner voice is steering our decisions allows us to pause and assess whether these impulses align with our long-term goals and values. Here are 5 tips to get to work with your inner voice:

1. Engage in Constructive Dialogue

When you notice your inner voice guiding you toward immediate, emotion-driven reactions, initiate a constructive dialogue. Ask yourself, “Why am I feeling this way? What’s the best response?” This practice helps you to distinguish between knee-jerk reactions and thoughtful decisions, leading to more considered outcomes.

2. Provide Care and Attention

Just like any aspect of our wellbeing, our inner voice thrives on care and attention. Engage in activities that foster a positive mindset, such as meditation, reading, or spending time in nature. These practices can calm and rejuvenate your inner dialogue, promoting a more positive and constructive tone.

3. Challenge and Redirect

Sometimes, our inner voice can be critical or negative, leading to self-doubt or anxiety. It’s essential to challenge these narratives by questioning their accuracy and redirecting towards positive affirmations and realistic assessments of situations. This redirection fosters resilience and a more supportive inner dialogue.

4. Cultivate a Supportive Environment

Our inner voice is influenced by our environment. Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging people can help nurture a more optimistic and resilient inner voice. Sharing thoughts and experiences with others can also provide new perspectives and reduce the feeling of isolation that sometimes amplifies negative internal dialogues.

5. Practice Mindfulness and Self-compassion

Mindfulness techniques can help you become more aware of your inner voice and its patterns. Observing your thoughts without judgment allows you to understand them better and manage them more effectively. Coupled with self-compassion, this practice encourages a kinder, more forgiving inner dialogue, especially important during challenging times.

By mastering our inner voice, we gain control over our emotional landscape, leading to better decision-making, stronger relationships, and a deeper sense of contentment. It’s about fostering a partnership with ourselves that is rooted in understanding, care, and mutual respect, ensuring that our inner voice becomes our greatest ally in the pursuit of personal growth and well-being.

If you read these tips and think great – but how do I actually do this, take a look at the RESET programme. During the programme you are provided with a number of tools and practices to help you develop a more useful working relationship with your inner voice. Find out more here.

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