TASK 6: THE VOICES
- What was your internal dialogue like?
- What were the voices in your head saying?
- Were they mean? Were they positive or negative?
- Describe what you noticed.
Living a meaningful and purposeful life requires that we have goals and structure. But schedules, routines, and structure may generate some discomfort, frustration, or fear. This is to be expected.
Holding ourselves accountable and setting expectations generates fear and anxiety because it means there is potential for failure and disappointment.
But remember, failure is an event, not a person.
And it’s okay to have failed. Actually, it’s necessary…it provides us the opportunity to grow. The fear associated with taking initiative and accountability is another sneaky tactic used by that annoying inner voice that’s constantly trying to “protect” you by keeping you stuck in the rabbit hole.
Don’t get discouraged by that inner voice in your head that’s probably acting up right now.
It’s probably saying something like:
Where do I start?
How do I start?
What is the first step?
Will this even help me?
What do I do first?
How many times should I do it?
How long should I do it?
Do I have to do this?
That annoying inner voice is trying to taunt you and stall you from achieving any forward movement. It’s trying to get you to compulsively seek certainty instead of leaning directly into your fears.
The simplest strategy is to remember that every act of embracing uncertainty is an act of defiance against that voice.
Let’s act defiantly against that voice and formulate some goals!
Meaningful goals can give direction to your life, highlight your most important values, and give a sense of purpose. This activity is designed to get you thinking about your short term and long-term goals in different areas of your life.
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