Two inner voices

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Two inner voices

What’s that voice saying in your head? Does it encourage you or discourage you. Fill you with positive thoughts or negative ones. Does it believe in you and tell you so or does it constantly remind you that nothing ever good will ever happen to you? Isn’t it time you got control over your inner voices?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that indeed there’s not a single voice but in fact two. Well this is the way it was for me once upon a time.

Just like the TV show once upon a time which was a mix of all the fairytale stories, we ourselves have what could be a fairytale taking place in our heads. I call it the battle between good and bad.  The two voices of contention. In one corner we have the angel. She wants you to always do the right thing. To have belief in yourself and venture out wisely with confidence and take steps that our good for you and everyone who you will come into contact with. She is always there advising you, differentiating good from bad, trying to stop you from taking the wrong oath making bad decisions doing things that will hurt you or others.  She wants you to be brave and be significant. But then there’s the other voice. He will counter everything the other says. He doesn’t want you to do right nor to succeed. He creates mischief in your head leaving you uncertain what you should be doing.  He would rather lead you down the wrong path, get you to make bad decisions, do wrong to others. He will question your capabilities and try to get you to settle for less. I call these two characters the angel and the devil.  But like everything else in life nothing is clear cut.  Sometimes it is actually difficult to differentiate which is which.  It seems they both are there trying to advise us what’s right for us to do. We hear the conflict between them and have to try and work out for ourselves which one is advising us the best.

As I say,  this was the way it was for me.  It was as though I had a little devil perched on my left shoulder and the angel on my right.

The angel would say I don’t think you should do that. It’s not right for you wait and a better opportunity will show itself.  The devil would say just go for it, do it, who knows this may be your last chance.  You can’t afford to be fussy, thank your lucky stars you been offered a chance. The angel counters, keep your head up know something better is on the horizon. The devil rubbishes this saying ignore her I’m talking to you, listen,  just go do it forget about anything else, beggars can’t be choosers.

It eventually came clear to me that one had the best intentions for me while the other didn’t.  I also could clearly tell which was the good guide and which the bad.

I managed to quieten the devil and eventually put him to rest while retaining the other voice that simply became my inner voice.

I am often asked how did I do this. There are so many articles written on this type of subject and I’m sure they’re very good but like with so many things in personal development they so over complicate everything.

To me it was actually a very simple process.  The hardest part was first recognising the voices in the first place  knowing they are they talking to you and attempting to guide you.

The second step is being able to differentiate them. The good counsellor and the bad.  Your angel and your devil. The wise voice against the mischievous one. Watch listen observe in tine you will see who is who.

The 3rd step is to discourage the devil. Thank him for his efforts over your lifetime and fie being there for you but simply say I need you no longer. From now on every time he tries to influence you just say thank you but no thank you please remain silent.  In time you will hear from it no more.

Now you will have one inner voice guiding you. This voice knows no wrong is your greatest supporter and the wisest counsellor you could ever meet.

Now enjoy your journey together.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.

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