Tame the Gremlin

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As painter Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

What is your “inner me” saying? Van Gogh probably knew a bit about “voices in the head.” He was said to have extreme anxiety and bouts of mental illness. He was hospitalized multiple times and famously cut off his own ear. His palette was somber until he moved to the sunny South of France. We all have that tape in the head. It can direct your life for good and propel you to success or be a real enemy throwing bombs on your best dreams and dampening your self-esteem. In the coaching world we call it the “gremlin” – a part of you that believes you are less than who you really are and simply “not good enough.” It can prevent you from doing what’s in your heart, blocking constructive action and positive energy flow. If that voice begins to rear its head, perhaps it’s time to tame the gremlin. Tell it to take a hike. Do the very thing the voice is saying you can’t do. Your thoughts, words and attitude affect your consciousness, your health, and ultimately, your ability to achieve your goals. Paint your own masterpiece with colors of passion and brushes of courage.

Until next time, remember – it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!

With Purpose & Power,


Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA.

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