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Changing the Inner Voice, Changing Your Life

| 8/18/2012 7:17:00 AM

Controlling the Inner Voice
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In my twenties and thirties, I was an avid kayaker and skier. I was living in Colorado and therefore had a unimaginably rich playground right at my doorsteps.  

Kayaking and skiing were great fun, but they taught me an extremely valuable lesson — one that helps me just about every week — and one that could help you live a happier, more productive, and successful life.  

The lesson has to do with the theme of my last three blogs:  the mind can be a powerful enemy – or, in this case, an ally.  Your mind is the director of your life; it can often lead us down horrible paths. But it can also become a powerful ally. What is more, it’s not that difficult to switch your mind’s role from foe to friend. 

Here’s how I came upon this tiny gem of wisdom that has helped make me launch a successful writing and teaching career — and become a much better human being. 

My revelation came one day while paddling the Arkansas River, one of Colorado’s wildest streams. I noticed that when I spotted a rock in a rapid — or some other treachery — if the voice inside my head said, “Damn, you’re going to hit it,” sure enough, I would.  

Paulette Melanson
8/22/2012 12:30:50 PM

The mind is powerful. It is not always easy to turn around negative thoughts. Stress is the root of most illness. We all have power to change our thoughts and outcomes. Let's make sure we teach this to our children. It could make a diiference.

Dave Dudis
8/19/2012 11:26:02 AM

Fantastic words, Dan! I struggled with negative emotion heavily for many years and as a consequence, didn't achieve some things I probably should have. Then again, I probably wouldn't be joining this site and meeting other like minds! :) Break the cycle, and begin anew. It always works. Thanks for the article.

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