The more outside voices have in our lives, the more distant we can become from our own inner voice.
I love learning new things. There are so many good books, podcasts, TV shows, movies, music. I have voices I love to listen to and draw inspiration from, and I wouldn't be who I am without them.
The problem comes when I have no moderation.
When I listen to podcasts or music or watch TV, I get caught up in a narrative that is being dictated to me. This happens to us all the time. We are being swayed and pulled in the direction of someone else's opinion. Who's a good guy and who's a bad guy. A belief we agree with versus a belief we disagree with. Or even an advertisement in your Instagram feed trying to convince you to buy something.
These are all stories trying to convince me of something.
Humans are manipulation machines by nature. We want our way to be the right way. Our story to be the true story. I am literally trying to convince you of this right now!
The more outside voices have in our lives, the more distant we can become from our own narratives. It's easy to stop hearing your inner voice when everyone else is so damn loud about whatever they're trying to convince you of.
Sometimes, the only answer is silence. Sometimes, it's stepping away from the phone or the tv and just shutting your eyes and breathing. It's taking a walk without bringing your headphones. It's writing down your feelings and thoughts in a journal with no outside forces attempting to shift your narrative toward theirs.
Where do you need to find silence in your life? Take 5-10 minutes today and turn everything off. Try to understand what is happening inside and write it down.
The goal is to hear yourself again. Once you can, you will have something clear to say to the world with your work.