Bazooka Joe, Squeezer and Crummy Face
So, I thought I’d take a minute to share a few things I learned as a Life Coach. Coaching really got me in touch with my emotions and much of the training was breaking down my “stuff” so that whatever was blocking me could be bulldozed out of the way. Well the bulldozing was a bit of a longer process, maybe it’s like one of those smaller trucks with the plow thingies in front, chipping away bit by bit.
One of the first things I learned about was taming our inner critics, the classes I attended called it the “Saboteur”. We all have one, some of have more than one. It’s that voice that says “you can’t do that”, “you’re too old”, “you’re too young” or .. “you’re not enough” .. We think that voice keeps us safe, but it’s holding us back. Can you relate?
One of the basic practices with Saboteur work is to give it a name. Mine is “Bazooka Joe”, I had a friend who called his “Squeezer” … I used to picture my Saboteur in an interrogation room in a red turtleneck up to his nose with his hair standing on end. Lots of pointing.
Once you’ve named it, it’s time to interview it. I asked Bazooka Joe, how he serves me, what makes him happy, what makes him sad and if he would be interested in taking a vacation to someplace remote, for maybe a week or two, or a lifetime.
The bottom line is, I don’t think it’s possible to get rid of your Saboteur forever, that’s a bit lofty. They are created long ago and may have some primitive roots around fight-or-flight mode. That being said, they can maybe be managed, tamed, or sent out to get a carton of milk when you want to do something great. Remember, the louder the saboteur is, the more important the thing is you’re doing. Just know that that voice isn’t you, it’s Squeezer, or Crummy Face, or Block Head and you can let it know that you’re onto their tricks, and they can go chase their tails and leave you alone every once and awhile.