Dear "Anonymous", I, too, am a recent Teacher Training graduate and feel the same way. Omg! I drive myself crazy! I love this article and reading your comment. Made me feel not so alone.
Great article…love the analogy between mental chatter and pop-up ads that you don't want, but are so difficult to ignore.
I'm a newly certified Yoga Instructor and have had enough of the negative mental chatter that says I'm not good enough to teach. I've been acknowledging it all day! I even took a hike and found my dog and I uncomfortably close to a coyote catching a rattle snake. It instantly caused fear and my initial reaction was to yell. I hollered for a few seconds at this coyote until I realized what was really happening. I'm in the midst of nature, which is perfect and beautiful...even when it involves death of another being. I stood there and waited, and later thought...I, too, am perfect and beautiful, yet have a tendency to "yell" at myself through negative mental chatter. I need to recognize that even my errors and blunders are natural, perfect parts of me and do not need to be labeled. I will definitely give this exercise a try.
Some people choose, chose or will choose this route of mindfulness on the intellectual level while others will choose another way - meditation. Does the same trick except that you don't have to write down your thoughts and consciously track them. Both ways are equally effective. Thank you for a very well written article.
Success is easy; failure is difficult. Once you decide to succeed, all the forces in the world make room for it to happen, and it happens. Ditto with failure. The bucks starts and ends with you always and everytime. Harness your thoughts towards success, and you can never fail. Make your mind organise the right software --- the software of success. It is very very easy too. Start now and see for yourself.
I found this article to be very accessible and have also passed it along. I believe mindfulness can transform VOJ to a voice of joy or at least a voice of just letting go!
I really enjoyed the article "Are You Ready to Succeed." Rao says in an interesting and easy to understand manner that we are what we think about - this concept is one that abounds in both the yoga world as well as success seminars and the like. The roadmap to noticing our thoughts, journalling and becoming aware of the energy that is being produced as a step to changing and directing mental chatter is one that I will use and pass on.