Imagine for a moment, you were watching a movie and it was literally being shot a moment before you watched it? Not only that, but since you’re sitting there in the Director’s chair you have the power to change the upcoming plot, scenery and even the romantic story? Recognizing our true self and realizing it is full of positive and forward-directing internal dialogue is an important step in the process of self-actualization.
Negative and untrue beliefs about the person we see in the mirror are a process of the false self that comes from what is known as self-talk. Self-talk is essentially an inner voice within our heads that often reinforces the negative things we hear from others and integrate into our belief system. The concept of self is a defense mechanism and is part of our biological processes. It is often our loudest cheerleader and our greatest critic. For myself, it is the voice I imagine narrating my life in a strange sit-com kind of way.
For others perhaps their inner monologue might take on the personality of a wise old man or an action superhero? The nice thing about self-talk is we have the option to choose what frame that voice will take when we inevitably continue the conversation after an event takes place in our lives. It took me a while to realize I could actually take on a level of control of my self-talk and when I finally did, I concluded the negative circumstances in my life were only permanent if I decided to make them that way. In time I would make adjustments to my life in an effort to chase after what I would one day come to know as my “true self.”
Realizing our true self (who we are, based on reality) is important so we can get a better picture of who it is we truly want to be when we look into that mirror (who we are right now). Understanding the sources of the false self and false identity are as equally important, as these are our primary limiting factors preventing us from overcoming shortfalls. I’d really like to hear what your experiences are so please comment below.
- What are some of your limiting factors?
- What are some of the ways you have let others define you or how have you defined yourself based on the opinions of others?
- How were you able to overcome those limiting factors and become a better version of yourself?
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