Is There a Monster in Your Head?
What do you do when that voice in your head is saying, “You aren’t good enough”?
If you try to ignore it does it just get louder and more persistent?
What You Resist Persists
Psychologist Carl Jung said, “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.” When my clients need to tame that mean little monster who wants them to fail, we focus first on understanding and accepting where the monster comes from. Then we identify some possible responses to it.
A Mantra Gives You Power
A very powerful response is a short, positive mantra in the present tense that you can repeat whenever you hear the monster’s voice. If the monster says, “You’ll look stupid in that meeting with your boss if you don’t have all the answers,” your mantra might be, “I know everything I need to know.” That enables you to say with confidence, “I don’t know but I will find out.”
What might be different if you respond rather than resist that monster in your head?