This morning I sit here and The Drunk Monkey (my mind) is tormenting me with imaginary scenarios about potential negative futures. It is protecting me from people who aren’t attacking me. It is strategizing and avoiding possible destruction that isn’t even occurring.
Over and over The Drunk Monkey plays out possible negative futures. I feel myself getting more and more worried. I experience doubt, panic and fear.
“Wait a minute!” I scream at The Drunk Monkey.
“Let’s take stock for a second.” I say to The Drunk Monkey. “Is any of this actually happening right now? No! Is there any evidence that any of these negative situations will occur? No!” So I proceed to do a quick 10/10 Visualization and review everything in my life that I’m grateful for. Then I think about my goals and dreams. Then I say to myself, “What actions am I committed to today?”
As I begin to see what actions I’m going to take, The Drunk Monkey begins to get on board and assess what needs to happen to fulfill on my desired outcomes.
Voila! I’m back. Now you try it.
If you need help with the 10/10 Visualization I’ve also created an audio version where I guide you through a 15 minute exercise. Check it out here