Resilience Pathway #112: Get To Know Your Gremlin

Richard Carson, author of Taming Your Gremlin, is the creator of this Gremlin concept. You may not be delighted to learn that everyone has their very own personal, unique, and self-customized Gremlin. But the concept does have a lot teach us.

The Gremlin reminds us to maintain the status quo in our lives. He, she, or it is our personal inner critique who works very hard to dis-empower us as we consider making desired changes in our lives. He, she, or it is the inner voice that sometimes whispers faintly and other times yells in our ears all that we should or need to do / be in life. The Gremlin effortlessly provides us with a personalized moment by moment performance review and really loves to highlight where we “dropped the ball.”

It is important for us to know that any negative self-talk is served up to us from our Gremlin. The Gremlin disguises himself / herself / itself as a structure that seems to be trying to protect us. In actuality, the Gremlin gets in the way of our moving toward what we really want.

Do you desire a fulfilled and balanced life where you are enjoying the process of life along the way? Who doesn’t! But you can count on the Gremlin to trip you up or even to distract you from beginning this pursuit of happiness. 

The not-so-good news is that the Gremlin will always have a voice that we will consciously or unconsciously notice. The good news is that the Gremlin loses its grip on us as we get to know it better and once we begin to identify it for what it is. Simply getting to know our Gremlin’s tendencies and being aware of when the Gremlin is “speaking” is the first step. To start getting to know your Gremlin, try asking yourself these coaching questions:

What does my Gremlin typically say to me? How often do I notice my Gremlin? How would I describe my Gremlin? What is my Gremlin protecting me from? What goals and dreams does my Gremlin keep me from realizing? 

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Christina Lombardo, PCC, CPCC (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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