I have been very fortunate over the last 10 years that if I choose to arrive at work before 7AM I have sixty minutes of quiet time for planning and reflection. I STARTED to expand my daily quiet time window by choosing not to listening to the radio or digital music on my 20 minute commute to work.This quiet time has exposed me to the sounds of my inner voices-there is no radio-no Spotify to distract those voices. Some of those voices are encouraging and uplifting but some are full of self-doubt. I have learned to focus on the positive and discount the negative. I have also learned to listen to that small inner voice that is encouraging me. The loud and obnoxious voice reminds me of my shortcomings.
The best strategy I have deployed to deal with these voices is to constantly remind myself is that “God has a plan for everyone’s life and God’s plans are not average”. I am no different from anyone else I have grown up with paradigms or maps of what my life was going to be. Those maps have been formed from listening to people doubt, ridicule, mock, and question my career goals and aspirations. Changing those paradigms or life maps requires that you have to shine the light on those views to determine if they are accurate. We all need to remember we are not born great you have to START somewhere.
My K-8 education was at a catholic school and those inner voices were described to us as our conscious. Our catholic school definition of conscious was the debate between our guardian angel and devil. The nuns at our school told me they both were competing for my attention. As I have matured I believe those voices can be framed as light and darkness.
The voices of light expose everything possible and wonderful in my life, it points out all the fears I need to overcome, all the hard work necessary to become successful, the challenges, and most importantly it shows me the possibilities of happiness and love. The dark hides from my view everything including all my fears and doubts. The dark prevents me from seeing the wonderful possibilities I can have. Darkness creates in each of us life’s mysteries. To change you have to START and confront that mystery.
Pay attention to the light and create time to listen to your quiet inner voice. When that obnoxious voice gets loud tell it “God has a wonderful plan for my life and that plan is not average.”