What is That Nagging Voice in Your Head?

by Janie J

We all have one….you know, that nagging voice in your head that says things like:

  • You can’t do it!
  • Who do you think you are?
  • Nobody has done that before!
  • You’ll never make it!
  • You dream too big!

Psychologists know we all have this going on in our heads. You should know it’s going inside your head too. It can be referred to as self-doubt or your inner voice, but I want to point out to you that this is merely your own LIMITING BELIEFS.

A limiting belief is a thought or idea that we have been exposed to and have accepted as ‘truth’, but it isn’t really true. It is merely a thought that we have adapted as our own. Our own "gospel" or "truth" as it were.

These thoughts/limiting beliefs come from our life experiences. Perhaps your parents passed along this belief to you. Maybe their parents passed along the belief to them. That nagging voice is reinforcing these beliefs such as: money is evil, rich people get rich off the backs of the poor, or our family always does X (insert go to college, work in the fields, does/doesn’t eat a specific food), or a myriad of other statements.

Perhaps your teacher or coach said something to you so you started to believe you weren’t good at math, or you’d never make the sports team.

Maybe your life experiences were such that led you to believe you were not good at business, riding a horse, or college. You failed once so you told yourself you just weren’t any good at it.

We take these beliefs and adopt them as our own, often unconsciously. If you really examine your life and your current beliefs, you will undoubtedly find many ‘beliefs’ you thought were ‘true’, but actually have just been passed down to you or adopted by you as the truth.

If you want to live your best life, it is imperative to evaluate your hidden beliefs and figure out which ones are really true. Chances are they are ‘limiting beliefs’ and as such are limiting your life. They are holding you back from making those daring changes to your life, taking that chance to dream big and do something you always wanted but didn’t think you could do!

Toss out those limiting beliefs. Get some new ones, such as:

  • I can do anything I want in life.
  • The world is my oyster.
  • I can rewrite the next chapter of your life.
  • I am the commander of your ship.
  • My life is what I make it.
  • It’s never too late to live my best life.

A change in your beliefs will lead to a change in your actions, which will quiet that nagging voice and get you closer to living the life you have imagined.

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