Captain of the Thought Police

You think of what you want and how nice it would be to get it. Bam! Bam! Open up! Thought Police! You open the “door” and the voice inside your head tells you to ask for something different or tells you to keep quiet. Why? Well, maybe you won’t get what you want, or you think you’re asking for too much. What you want might be unattainable. You haven’t even asked and already you’re backpedaling. Your self-talk censors your output.

That censoring voice is you – Captain of the Thought Police Force. You give the command to charge ahead, regroup, or retreat. Your self-talk may spur you on or put you in shackles. Ask yourself whether it advises from a place of strength or fear. It could be easier to make up excuses than face the outcome from asking for what you want. Is it really in your best interest to avoid than act?

When you ask for things, you may encounter objections. Overcome those objections and you get what you want. Censoring your thoughts is the same as creating an objection. The difference is it comes from you instead of someone else. Only you know if that little voice is protecting you or hurting you. Stay in your integrity to protect yourself or another against a true danger.

Think of the Thought Police like a real police force meant to serve and protect. Ask yourself how you can overcome your own objections to enable you to move forward. Be specific about what you want and give yourself the freedom to experience success without throwing unreasonable objections in your path. Use your Thought Police to protect and serve yourself.

Author/speaker Janet F. Williams is a high-end sales professional, sales trainer and coach for personal and professional development. She speaks on topics contained in her award-winning book “You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get” to businesses, networking groups, non-profits, book clubs and more. For more information or to buy the book, please visit: and

3 Responses to “Captain of the Thought Police”

  1. Cecelia
    July 31st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    So true, so true. Well stated. C

  2. David
    August 1st, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Natuarally defaulting to rational thought, as opposed to pre-rational ‘lizard-think’, is the greatest challenge to overcome in our quest to become homo-superior instead of just the most advanced, tool using, herding animal on planet Earth.

  3. Janet F. Williams
    August 2nd, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Self-talk gives you an idea. Self-talk perceives fear. From what? Rejection – a very powerful emotion emanating from “lizard-think” and the basics of survival.

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