Ali has a great exercise where he suggests the following:
“I want you to imagine that everyone around you can hear your thinking. Imagine that everyone can hear your every thought.. How different would you be?”
He’s talking about how horrified we’d be if others could hear us and how different we are on the inside compared to what we try to portray on the outside. He’s pointing out the conflict we create inside ourselves and goes on to explain how to find your way through a conflicted, overthinking mind.
The reason I like this, and his book, so much is because when you actually picture and hear the kinds of things that you say to yourself on a regular basis, something else happens too...
You realize how mean you are to yourself
Most of us tolerate saying things to ourselves that we would never, ever tell a small child: how stupid we are, how useless we are, how pointless things are.
If our constant internal diarrhea would be embarrassing or unpleasant to speak outloud - just imagine the damage it’s doing! And of course, it’s not “it” doing this. It’s actually us.
If you can’t speak your inner dialogue aloud, why are you saying it at all?
I want to hear a really good reason.
By the way, Ali’s book is full of great exercises to help you hear yourself, know yourself and discover how you can change things in your life. I recommend it highly!
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