Our perception of ourselves is formed from our childhood influences, others opinions of us, and significant experiences – positive and negative. These all mash up to create the person we show to the world and form our self belief. That inner belief, has it own voice, its the one that tells you to stay in bed for another 30mins rather than go out and run in the dark and cold but its also the voice that tells you ‘I CAN DO IT’ , when your body tells you you can’t at mile 11 of your first half marathon and every subsequent endurance or life challenge.
Our Inner Voice is incredibly powerful, it is what enables us to achieve our dreams and it gives us the power to literally change our world and that of others. Conversely it also has the power to destroy our ambitions, hold us back from using our abilities for good, with limiting self doubt. I’ve had some self doubt this week. My inner voice has been telling me it will be too cold, too snowy, too remote and too dangerous running alone in Germany next week. I even allowed that negative inner voice to bubble out and started hearing myself telling others how nervous I was, hinting that I might not finish. Alarm bells rang at that point, so I took a step back to realise what was going on.
I reminded myself that the power to achieve my goals comes from my positive inner voice. It’s that power that has kept me going when my mind, body and soul has given up. When I’ve been in pain and can see no way forward, that inner voice has given me the power to keep going until my mind and body realise it is possible. It’s that same inner voice that raises my game each time I achieve a goal, constantly pushing my limits to keep it exciting. It’s what’s has made Run the World a reality rather than an idea.
By reminding myself of the positive power of my inner voice, it’s helped me to see what a negative power it can also have. With that realisation we can stop the negative inner voice in its tracks, by ignoring it and reminding ourselves of the positives. By taking practical small steps forward and focusing on why I CAN rather than why I can’t, my smile has returned. I have the familiar nervous excitement and butterflies in my stomach as I approach my big run, 4 days running solo from Essen, then along the Sauerland Wald-route through beautiful forest landscapes. It may get as low as -10 with snow and rain, so I’ve no doubt it will be one of the toughest I’ve done, but I will do it. I can do anything if I set my mind to it, make the first steps and commit the time and energy to it – we all can.
Everyone of us has the power to change our lives, and if we have the power to change our lives, we can direct it change the lives of those around us, and the world for the better.