This is a snippet from Christine Kane’s LiveCreative newsletter. It seemed so exactly perfect for my mindset today that I wanted to share:
You’ve heard it.
I’ve heard it.
We can even laugh about it because it’s so common.
I’m talking about the snarky voice in your head that mouths off whenever you think about being a little bolder, or a little decadent, or more self-nurturing.
It’s the voice that says, “Who do you think you are?”
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but mine shows up as a group of high school girls.
Their eyes are lined with thick black pencil. They wear concert t-shirts. Their hair is burnt from too many home perms. One of them steps forward and says, with her hands on her hips, “Who do you think you are?” And then she turns to the others and says, “Who does she think she is?” Then they all take an aggressive step forward. (Welcome to an average day at my old high school!)
My friend Joy told me that “Who do you think you are?” jumps in whenever she imagines hanging out on the sofa reading magazines.
A few years ago, I saw Oprah speak. She said that every time she wanted to achieve more, the first voice she heard was “Who do you think you are?”
Every woman I know has her own version of this voice waiting in the wings.
In other words: Stay down, play small, shut up, and don’t embarrass yourself. Don’t even bother because you won’t make it, you don’t deserve it, and everyone knows it, and they’ll all laugh at you when you fail.
So, next time that voice jumps up in your head, here’s what you do:
Really. Who do you think you are?
Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.
Does this resonate in a big way for anyone else?