What we say and think about ourselves has far more sway than what others think and say.
The conversations we have with ourselves and the judgments we make can do tremendous damage. We know our shortcomings. Many of us press into these trigger points whenever things get a little uncertain; especially when growth opportunities show up. We’re quite effective at cutting ourselves down to size.
“Who do you think you are?” we hear ourselves say.
“What will others think?” we worry to ourselves.
“I could never do that!” we lie to ourselves.
Playing small just doesn’t suit you. Granted, we often justify it as a way to survive another day, but it’s a dishonest attempt at minimizing our greatness and subordinating our true potential.
This week make a concerted effort to listen to your internal self talk. If you don’t like what you hear, you know who to talk to.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 chiropractors each week.