Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up. Ann Bradford
Isn’t that quote so hilarious … and just so true? There really is a “negative committee” that is having continual meetings in our minds. It’s conducting business of its own and of course leading the charge when it comes to stirring up all of our doubts.
I never really used to understand how much damage this “negative committee” was doing until I started taking a closer look.
This “negative committee” was extremely active whenever I was trying to accomplish something, make a change or break a bad habit.
It would continue to bring up doubts until it finally convinced me that I couldn’t do something
It advised me when things weren’t going to work out and when it was best for me to just move on
It focused on everything that was not coming together and made sure that it overshadowed everything that was working
It even determined when something wasn’t “realistic” and not worth trying
And, the crazy thing is I didn’t even realize how much control this “negative committee” had and how much I was listening to it.
For the most part, I used to let the “negative committee” call all the shots. I let it decide what was really possible.
But, not anymore.
I am now all about taking control of my “negative committee” and of course I want you to join me and do the same. Why?
Because that is how we really are able do everything we are capable of and stop getting in our own way.
We’ve got to get control of our “negative committee” and the reality is that it isn’t going to just disappear completely. We’re human and there are probably going to be those times when we have some doubts and maybe even some fears.
We have to work through those and keep them “in check”.
And, the key to doing that is to not let the “negative committee” be the loudest voice in the room. We absolutely can control it from overshadowing our confidence and all the success we are so capable of making.
However, if you don’t have control, it can do so much damage that it literally sabotages all the success you really could have.
the possibility of today:
1. Get control of your negative committee. Decide today that you are going to do whatever you need to and work through any doubts that creep up. We make plans for so many other things in our lives, there’s no good reason for us to not have a plan for controlling our “negative committee”. What are you going to make sure you do every single day to control your negative committee?
2. Integrate daily inspiration into your days. Make sure you read things that inspire and remind you of what you are really capable of. You need to have something you do daily that will counter all the junk and negativity that can build up in your mind without you even realizing it. It’s like Zig Ziglar explained, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”.
3. Observe your thoughts. We have about 60,000 thoughts a day and once you start watching what you are thinking, you will probably be amazed at how many of those thoughts are negative. A lot of them happen on autopilot so we may not even realize what is going on. However, once we start taking a closer look at our thoughts, we become more aware and can get control of our negative thinking.