Mind Monkeys are tricky little things. They live inside your head and throw negativity at you any time you try to do something new and brave.
Their favourite hobby is telling you all the reasons why something won’t work, for example ‘nobody will pay that!’ or ‘you’re too old for this’ or ‘who do you think you ARE’ or ‘who would want to listen to YOU?’
You get the idea. There are lots of reasons why we get them but rest assured, we DO get them. Yes, even me.
The 2 most important things you can learn about Mind Monkeys are firstly, they LIE and secondly, THEY ONLY APPEAR WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
They lie because they tell you the things you dread hearing but they are not true. They will base their snide little comments on things that happened in the past or things you have read/heard/seen that prove they are right.
Mind Monkey: What make you think you can run a business? Remember when the maths teacher told you you were no good at maths 36 years ago? How are you going to deal with the numbers? You’re going to fail! (actually example from my life…)
(As it happens, my maths teacher was kind of right because I didn’t pass my maths O Level even after 4 attempts but here I am with 2 really successful businesses) I learned along the way and I know all the maths I need to know to make lots of profit.
I’m sure you have your own version of this. But let me tell you something. The Mind Monkeys are lying. They are wrong. They can’t predict the future.
Also, when they appear, CHALLENGE them.
Why are they saying this? What do you have to lose? Again, what’s the worst that can happen? Do you really want to be kept down because your maths teacher didn’t believe in you years ago or your family used to tell you that ‘people like you’ will never be rich?
My take on Mind Monkeys now is very different to most people’s because I welcome them.🦸🏻♀️
I know if I get Mind Monkeys it’s because I’m about to do something new and brave – something which will help me grow as a person AND grow my business.
And no matter how much the Mind Monkeys want to stop me, I’m going to ignore them (or mentally zap them with my imaginary ray gun) and keep going with my plan.
If you feed the Mind Monkeys with your fears, they will hold you back and stop you growing.
Please don’t feed the Mind Monkeys – walk past and go do the new, brave thing that set them off in the first place.
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Claire Mitchell is a best-selling author of the Awesome Marketing Planner and founder of The Girls Mean Business, a mum and business owner. She has been featured in Marie-Claire, The Guardian, Closer Magazine, Essentials, The Huffington Post and on the BBC.