How do you tune out something that is all around you? How do you tune out the noise without disengaging from the essential things in life, such as your career, relationships, and hobbies?
How do you attain peace of mind when everything is vying for your attention? Is there anything you can do to insulate yourself from a world that is determined to intrude on your peace?
The short answer is yes. For many folks who hear or read about Ignoring the Noise, their first thought is that of external noise—you know—the detractors, prognosticators, skeptics, pundits, haters, and trolls. Others think about that complaining friend or family member who is always lurking, ready to share the sordid details of his or her dysfunctional and toxic reality.
The Monster Within
While it is important to tune out those external noises, there is a more sinister noise that should be silenced by any means necessary. The noise I am referring to is the internal noise that occupies the mind and soul—the noise that tells you, “Who do you think you are?” “You will never achieve your dreams.” “You’re unattractive.” “No one will ever love you.” “You are not good enough!”
The voice inside you—the negative self-talk that seeks to thwart your ability to lead a happy existence and achieve your noble goals and aspirations—must not be allowed to rule over your life. Although you cannot always control what enters your mind, you can reorient and redirect your thoughts along a more optimistic and self-empowering path.
Starve the Monster
Here are a few strategies you can employ to quiet the noise within.
- Positive self-talk. Don’t say anything to yourself that you would not be comfortable saying to your mom, boss, best friend, or God. Speak affirming words into your reality daily. “I am grateful.” “I am overcoming.” “I am good enough.” “I am loved.” “I am winning.” “I am achieving my goals.” “I am destined for greatness.” Remember, whatever you think about all the time, you will attract into your life.
- Change your circle of influence. Surround yourself with: (1) Happy and positive people; (2) People with a track record of success in their personal and professional lives; (3) People who support, teach and encourage you to dream big. Remember, the same way you are what you eat; well, you are the average of the people you surround yourself with.
- Self assess. Take time to identify areas in your personal and professional life you wish to improve. Once you have identified those areas, focus on improving one area at a time, and you will experience the desired outcomes. Remember, progress takes time and requires discipline, patience, and commitment.
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