How you feel about and see yourself is a direct reflection of your running inner commentary. Incessant internal chatter editorializes on your every action and reaction. “I can’t do that!” “Well, that was a stupid thing to do!” “I can’t do anything right today!”
Unspoken remarks such as these may reflect impressions you formed about yourself and your abilities long ago. Yet each time they are repeated in your conscious mind they are reinforced in the memory center of your brain that harbors your learned responses – how to respond to criticism, how to ride a bicycle, how you view the world. Non-conscious information comes to you after being filtered through your five senses. And, sometimes (maybe a lot of times!) this information is not accurate. You end up with perfect automatic physiological responses to stimuli, prompted by questionable information.
Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between truth and fantasy. All it knows is feelings. Each time you pass judgment on yourself, you enter personal programming into your this-is-how-you’ve- learned-to-respond memory center. And self-inflicted judgmental statements, about yourself, are packed with feelings. Our constant silent comments influence all of our actions and attitudes. From the selection of the food we eat for breakfast to a decision to apply for a more responsible job, personal programming lobbies to keep us doing those things that assure we continue to conform to our well-programmed self-image.
Your personal programming isn’t and shouldn’t be static throughout life. As you mature and acquire a greater capacity for rational thinking and for sorting out useful and useless information, you are in a position to update thoughts, attitudes and beliefs about yourself and your abilities. Internal mental responses to current situations should be appropriate for current conditions.
You can reprogram and up-date obsolete mental chit-chat. One of your biggest lessons may be to realize that you are a creature that is still developing. You were created under the guidance of Perfect Universal Creative Intelligence, and you continue to develop under that guidance. You don’t need to contribute static to the reception of Perfect Intelligence energy by being mired in an obsolete mental monologue. It’s up to you to make sure that the on-going mental cues that influence your body and your life reflect the Perfect Intelligence that powers all life.
Personal programming can lead us in directions we don’t want to go. It can make us feel bad about ourselves and make us sick. However, personal programming – your self chit-chat– can also help you reach goals, enjoy satisfaction in everything you do, and live life to its fullest. If you aren’t happy with the way you feel physically or the way you feel about yourself and your life right now, you – and only you – can do something about it. You are in control!