Currently I’m reading Little Voice Mastery by Blair Singer. I’m a few chapters into this book, and am finding it fascinating.
What he calls the little voice, I’ve always referred to as self-talk. It’s the little voice that’s constantly talking inside our head.
Your little voice is really the sum of all the experiences and advice you have had in your life that you don’t spend much time actively thinking about.
In our early years, the little voices (our parents) were protecting us from danger. When we were young and were told by our parents to ‘watch out for this’, ‘don’t do that’, and all the other phrases that got in the way of our exploratory nature, it was really to protect us from dangers in our environment that we were too young to handle at the time.
Now, however, our little voice is often holding us back from doing things that will allow us to grow. The little voice often prevents us from learning new things.
The little voices are not necessarily good and they are not necessarily bad. They will lie dormant until they get triggered.
And there’s a difference between the little voice that robs you of success and the voice that tells you not to make irrational decisions without due diligence.
Now, some of you are thinking about the term ‘little voice’ like the phrase referred to by us all when we are talking about people who are less than 100% ‘there‘. I’m sure you do realize we are not talking about that kind of ‘little voice’, but rather our ‘self-talk’, which by the way, we all do. Really… Admit it! You do have a little voice in your head. Actually more than one!
I’d recommend this book. He has written it for sales people, but from what I’ve read so far, it would be good for non-sales people as well.
Let me know what you think.