This toxic creature is the voice inside your head that tells you a whole slew of ideas that when obeyed, will lead you down a path of “safe” but isolated self-defeating life choices. He is the mental collective of all the negative things others have said or implied about you as well as the more detrimental negative inner-speech you have ever had about yourself. Your gremlin wants you to accept him without question and seeks desperately to squelch your vibrancy and joy for living. His voice will pretend to be looking out for your best interests- in a sense “protecting” you, keeping you from making a “fool of yourself” or putting yourself in positions that may be uncomfortable. You are tempted to listen to his voice; he seems to be trying to help keep you safe and away from exposing yourself to vulnerability. But in reality, he just wants you to feel lousy. You must learn to hear what your gremlin has to say without following his terrible advice.Your gremlin will coax you to worry incessantly about things you cannot control, to relive your past mistakes over and over again, and to feel anxious about the future. The first and most powerful step toward finding the true happiness your gremlin is intent on demolishing is simply noticing- being fully aware of what your gremlin is really saying. Which of these reflect your gremlin’s voice?
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