Change The Voices In Your Head
How To Identify The Voices That Keep You Stuck
By: Mandy B. Anderson
Ever wish you could quiet the voices in your head?
While spending time with my aunt in a quaint, small town gift shop, we came across a picture that had the following quote on it: “Can I get caller ID for the voices in my head?” I had never seen such a picture before and I immediately laughed out loud as I realized that I identify with this particular message far too often.
On my journey of overcoming cystic fibrosis, PTSD, and every obstacle that comes my way, I have often wished that I could get caller ID for the voices in my own head. I’ve learned some tricks and tools to help me recognize when I’m listening to the wrong voices, and it’s beginning to get easier, but every now and then I accidentally answer the wrong line and find myself in a conversation with someone I’d rather not listen to. Maybe you can relate to some of these voices too…
1. “What Will People Think?!” – This voice is usually high pitched. It also gasps and causes anxiety. This irritating voice calls whenever we’re about to take a huge leap of faith that others might scorn at. I’ve personally gotten to the point now where I can predict when/where this voice will appear so I combat it by telling myself that it doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is what I think, and what God thinks.
2. “Hurry Up Because Your Clock Is Ticking!” – Isn’t he a special one? This voice often pops up in the heads of those who are overcoming disease or seemingly insurmountable obstacles that could eventually lead to a pre-mature death. He used to consume my thoughts so much that I willingly played his message over and over again in the back of my mind subconsciously. This voice makes us feel anxious, hopeless, overwhelmed, and ultimately like we’re never going to reach our destiny because our lives will be cut short. Can I tell you something? This voice is nothing but a liar from the pit of hell. In fact, when he calls, don’t avoid him. Avoiding him makes it worse. Answer his call and boldly demand that he goes back to hell where he belongs! You, my friend, were not meant to live in a life of bondage feeling like you’re never going to get there. In fact, it’s promised in the book of Proverbs that through God Almighty our days will be many and years will be added to our lives! Speak that over your life the next time this voice tries to tell you otherwise – you’ll be surprised what begins to happen when you do!
3. “You Will Never Be Good Enough, But You’re So Much Better Than They Are!” – This is the bi-polar voice of comparing yourself to others. She sounds seductive no matter which line she feeds us. First she tells us that we’ll never be good enough so that we stay comfortable and small right where we are. Then she slyly points out how we’re better than some of the others in our lives. She easily deals out judgment towards those who are doing the amazing things we ourselves wish we could do. She’s dangerous, evil, and must be cut out of our lives completely in order to succeed with the dreams in our hearts. The only way we can erase her voicemails and dodge her calls all together is to extend forgiveness. Forgiveness toward ourselves for believing that we aren’t good enough; toward others for making us feel like we aren’t good enough; and even seeking forgiveness from God for thinking that we were better than other people. (Do you see how messed up this voice is? She’s got us believing both sides of a lie so we stay confused and in the dark!)
Truthfully, from time to time we all experience these voices. You’re not alone if you’ve experienced them, and it doesn’t have to be this way from this point on. You now have the caller ID of these pesky, worthless voices and you can join those of us who are screening their calls so we can live a life of freedom and true wholeness.
My challenge to you is to make a commitment every day to start changing the voices in your own head. Make your voices like you; make them encourage you and watch what happens in your own life!
I believe in you, and I’m honored to be a part of your journey!
Mandy B. Anderson is an inspirational speaker, singer, writer and Juice Plus+® wellness coordinator who shares her life in such a way that you feel like you just spent time with your best friend. Born with cystic fibrosis, Mandy’s journey of overcoming a life-threatening disease encourages and equips people to rise up and conquer their own barriers in life. To learn more about Mandy’s journey, download her Free E-book “True Wholeness: Lessons Learned On My Journey From Cystic Fibrosis to Total Health.”
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