3 Steps to Get You Moving
We make decisions every day. Living life to the full requires us to take risks, try new things, make amends, forgive, seek forgiveness, challenge the status quo, grow and seek healing…
No matter how old you are, you can achieve what you want. Make your goals crystal clear and realistic. It will take effort to meet your goals. But, you can.
Be prepared to act. Nothing will happen if you only plan on achieving something. You need to put legs to your plan. Get up. Move. Run. However, having the correct thinking is the first step.
Do you avoid taking actions because you talk yourself out of doing something? Here are the 3 steps to set you in motion:
- Listen inside your head,
- Greet your inner CAC team, and
- Confront your critic.
Listen Inside Your Head
Experts believe that our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts or more each day. Have you caught yourself saying, “I hate public speaking; I am going to freeze when it’s my turn to give the presentation.”? Sure enough, you stepped into the boardroom, found your seat, slowly stood up and started to present, you froze. Your palms were sweaty and you even spilled your coffee. What if, you told yourself that you were a competent worker, you welcome the challenge of giving a speech and you were proud to stand up and tell others about how well your team performed?
Psychologists recognize that our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, actions and behaviors are interconnected – each one can affect the others. The outcome of what we do, act, or perform is the result. Our thinking can influence the result positively or negatively. We can think our way to success as illustrated in the diagram below:
Greet Your Inner CAC Team
Our inner thoughts can take the voice of a critic, cheerleader, or an analyst. We can switch our internal voice if we are aware of what’s going on inside. Hear how they speak?
The Critic speaks…
- This is not going to work. You are too old to change your career.
- You haven’t been successful before, why would this time work?
- You are a failure.
The Analyst speaks…
- What actions are needed in order for me to achieve this goal? Here’s how to make it work.
- Overnight success is rare. I need to re-work and re-launch my program.
- I am confused right now. It’s time to take a step back and re-consider my options.
The Cheerleader speaks…
- You can do it!
- Yes, this is something worthwhile to try.
- Your friends will be proud of you.
Confront Your Critic
Befriend your inner CAC (Critic, Analyst, and Cheerleader) team. Acknowledge their wisdom and denounce the Critic’s voice by asking “Why not?” Put your Analyst’s voice to work and find you the solution. Boost your Cheerleader’s voice with an amplifier. Let it move you to action. Not everything in life is rosy and smooth. No one is a perfect human being either. When we are facing uncertainly, fear can paralyze us to think of the worst possible outcome. If we only listen to the voice of the Critic, we miss opportunities and we become stagnant. Every experience contributes to new meaning in life. Even if we fail, we succeed. We learn, we grow, and we become wiser.
Think success; take the risk; act responsibly; live life to the full.
Who do you listen to most, your inner critic, analyst or cheerleader?
What do you find helpful in listening to your inner cheerleader more?