Buddha described the mind as being filled with drunken monkeys who jumped, screeched and chatted endlessly; one of these monkeys is your inner voice. Be careful which monkey you listen to.
1. Your voice knows you
You grew up with yourself. You know how you think and how you feel. You know what you are okay with and what you aren’t. If you find yourself in a situation where that little voice inside of you is trying to tell you something. Listen to it. Only you know you best; all you have to do is listen.
2. Self-confidence is hot
“If you want to be loved, you have to be worth loving.”—Giacomo Casanova
Casanova was a well-known womanizer and seducer in 16th-century Italy. He was said to be very handsome and witty, and had several conquests in his time. In the 2005 film Casanova, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Heath Ledger was our famous ladies man. In the film, Casanova says, “If you want to be loved, you have to be worth loving.”
When it comes to your inner voice, if something inside of you is trying to help you out, and you second-guess yourself, it could come across as less than confident. Listen to yourself. Be confident in your voice, in your choices and in whatever it is that you are trying to tell you; even if it’s the wrong choice—you can cross that bridge when you come to it. Confidence is key; confidence is hot—Casanova says so.
3. The world doesn’t always have your best interests at heart
With all the advice out there, it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s not. When it comes down to the wire, you can do all the research and ask all the questions, but if you are faced with a choice, a difficult situation or something that first required you to seek out answers, in the end, the only one who can help you decide what to do is you.
You are in the backseat of a car whose driver is exceeding the speed limit. Your friends are all around you and are singing loudly to the music in the car. Clearly, it isn’t the safest of situations, but you believe the driver is a good one so you say nothing and hang on for dear life.
Then, you get a raw sick feeling deep in the well of your stomach. Something is telling you to get out of the car. You politely ask the driver to pull over. They don’t.
Your stomach is turning and flipping more aggressively now, and that voice inside of you is more insistent than ever. You yell at the driver to pull over and let you out. They laugh, but do as you’ve asked.
You get out of the car, and tell the driver they need to slow down before someone gets killed. They drive away. The next day, you discover that there has been an accident. The driver was drinking, and the passengers are in critical condition. Listen to your inner voice; it may save your life.
5. Sometimes others help and sometimes they don’t
Have you ever gone to your friends for advice? How often do you listen to them? Does their advice often turn out to be what’s best for you? Sometimes it is exactly what you need, while other times it may not be. Although the people in your life are sincerely trying to help, their advice is only coming from their point of view—sometimes this helps, and sometimes it doesn’t.
6. It’s your life
At the end of the day, your life is yours and nobody can tell you what to do or how to do it without your approval. You are the master of your own destiny, and the conjurer of your inner voice. That voice, your conscience, your moral compass, your sixth sense—whatever it is that guides us one way or another is a very powerful entity unto its own.
It takes practice to quiet the mind and listen to what you are telling yourself, but with practice, and a little faith, you may begin to realize that this really is your life and sometimes the only person who can help you is you.
What other reasons are there that beg us to listen more closely to our inner voices? Let us know what you think!