Have you ever told yourself, “I want to play a bigger game but I just don’t think I’m smart enough or I don’t have what it takes?” Now listen, you are not that negative voice in your head. It’s your monkey mind trying to take control—demanding your attention and distracting you from realizing your goal.
You see, the monkey is a clever little clown, uncontrollably jumping around, endlessly screeching, and performing tricks with the sole purpose of keeping you stuck and confused. Its objective is to force you to second-guess yourself. These circus stunts keep you in a perpetual cycle of doubt and inadequacy.
Negative mind chatter is common. Whenever I start something new, I’m excited and full of positive expectation. But once I begin to develop a strategy, sometimes I sabotage my efforts by constructing self-imposed obstacles. Self-doubt begins to creep in and threaten my ability to jump over hurdles that will lead to success. I must be aware that my monkey mind is trying to manipulate me into giving up.
If this happens to you, remember it’s YOUR monkey, and you can do with it whatever you want. You can allow it to run loose, unchecked. Or you can tame it to mind you and follow your command. Let’s be clear—your monkey is trainable and you are always in control because you’re the ringmaster. But it’s important to take a gentle approach.
First be kind to yourself. Never lose sight of your potential. Knowing and believing that you have what it takes makes all the difference. Meditate on this and seek guidance within. You were built for greatness. That’s who you are.
A line from “Desiderata” says, “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.” When you change your thinking, you change your experience. So when the monkey appears, laugh and acknowledge it—“Oh, it’s you again, you goofy little thing! I’m busy right now and don’t have time for your nonsense. Go over there and sit still or take a nap.” Don’t relinquish your power to the monkey. Train your monkey mind to do as you say. When thoughts like “I’m not smart enough” or “I don’t have what it takes” try to seek your attention, exercise your power! Practice muting your monkey mind so you can focus on your intentions.
Focus on replacing thoughts of doubt with thoughts of success. Can you imagine what your life would look like then? You will be unstoppable!
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• This week set a loving intention to begin addressing negative mind chatter.
• Start by being kind to yourself and believing that you have everything you need inside of you to accomplish what is yours to do.
• How will being assertive tame your monkey mind and help you experience success?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.