The one who cuts you down.
The one who seems to have a job description to regularly review your faults and past failures and bring a case against you.
We can try to silence the Narrator, but simply recognizing and trying to ignore that voice is not always enough.
During a coaching session we talked about the Narrator, and how often it reminds us of faults or short-comings. And, how when we silence that voice in one area or approach, the Narrator seems to find another angle, another strategy, another way to try to disrupt us.
But there is another way.
Cross-Examine the Narrator.
Instead of just taking in these words, these accusations, maybe it is time for us to examine the evidence, and take issue with these old approaches and rehashing of past failures.
Maybe it is time we put the Narrator on the stand after each statement or accusation that is leveled against us.
“Well you are not very consistent, if you were, you would be more successful. Look at the time you have wasted, and where you could be today.”
Hold on a second, now it is my turn and in my best pretend courtroomy lawyerly voice.
“I may not always be consistent, but part of my behavioral style allows me to be flexible and move quickly which is a strong quality. And as far as success, I am successful and here are the areas that I have had great success. [list of the evidence]”
“So, you agree that I have had successes, but you keep insisting on bringing up old news, or old events. Your honor, I move to dismiss all charges.”
“Object all you want. You have no case. You have no relevant facts, and your accusations are groundless and are more of a distraction. Case dismissed!”
Don’t let the Narrator’s voice go unchallenged.
Speak up and Cross-Examine the Narrator.
Present the evidence.
Be tough on that voice that has been tough on you.
Dismiss the case against you.
Move forward and be free.