You know the feeling when you wish that loudmouth would just pipe down.
Sometimes, the difference between success and inaction is as simple as overcoming the little voice in your head that says “you can’t”.
Imagine, you are just about to start out on a new and exciting project. You’re poised with excitement, and you’re just about to get things underway. Precisely at that moment, that point in time, your mind starts to express fears. “What if I fail?” “What if I’ve not got what it takes?, “What if…?” You’re spooked, like a panicky animal fighting itself. Will you continue or throw in the towel?
That voice that says, “you can’t” is what moves you from action to procrastination.
So how can you overcome these self-doubts and get on with living your best life?
The first step is to recognise there are two voices, the one that resists your best self and tells you that “you can’t” and the one that encourages that “you can”.
Here’s the thing, for many of us the “you can” is a soft and gentle, whisper, while the negative voice is a loudmouth.
What could happen in your future if you told that loudmouth to pipe down?
Five women got lost in a vast forest. They tried to find their way out. The 1st woman said, “I will follow my intuition & go left.”
The 2nd woman said, “I will go right. I have a strong feeling about this.”
The 3rd woman said, “I think I will walk back the same path we came. This should be the safest option.”
The 4th woman said, “I think we should keep walking ahead so I will go straight. I am sure this forest will end & I will find a village or farm & ask directions.
The 5th woman said, “I don’t know what to do. I think I will climb up this tree & take a better look around before I make up my mind.
So the 5th woman did. While she was climbing the others scattered in their own direction.
The 5th woman could now see from above the shortest way to the village & thought that the others should not have chosen their paths.
She was wrong, though.
Each woman chose her path & gained a different experience.
The woman who went left found the long path that led her to town. The woman who went right fought a wolf pack & learned she was strong & capable. The woman who went back met other hikers & made new friends. The woman who went straight, found the farm, was invited to stay for dinner before leaving for the village.
Do the right thing, make the best choice and let the chips fall where they may.
What would change in your life if you decided to stand by your own decision?
A young boy and his father were walking a forest track. They came across a large tree branch on the ground. The boy asked,
“If I try, do you think I could move that branch?”
His father replied,
“I’m sure you can if you use all your strength.”
The boy tried his best to lift, pull and push the branch, but it would not budge. He was not strong enough.
Disappointed, he said,
“You were wrong, Dad. I can’t move it.”
“Try again,” replied his father.
Again, the boy tried hard to lift, pull and push the branch. But still, the tree branch did not move.
“Dad, I cannot do it.” said the boy.
Finally, his father said,
“Son, I advised you to use all your strength. You didn’t. You didn’t ask for help.”