Who Is This Inner Critic?
Hello and welcome to “Shut Up Your Inner Critic: a 30-Day Challenge to Get Over Self-Doubt.” You probably have some idea about what an inner critic is. Most of us deal with this bitching inner voice that usually keeps us from living up to our potential. However, everyone’s inner critic is different. So, overcoming its effects must be customized. Let’s start by exploring just what an inner critic is and how to recognize it. Then, I’ll touch upon a few ways you can tackle yours. As we continue our month-long journey, you’ll discover much more in-depth information about this way too common problem and how to deal with it for good!
About Your Inner Critic
How To Recognize It
Your inner critic is the dialogue/noise that plays in your head, sending you negative messages that can sabotage your success. Our thoughts and feelings are deeply connected. When you send yourself negative messages, it leads to emotions such as self-doubt and sadness. These feelings send an accidental message to the world, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we tell ourselves something long enough, we will live that message. But don’t fret, the same can be true for positive messages.
Being critical of ourselves is a common trait. It’s just easier to see the negative in ourselves over our own amazing strengths. Luckily, with some education and self-analysis, you can learn to recognize your own self-defeating nonsense thoughts. This insight is the key to managing and overcoming them. Pay closer attention to your inner ramblings. Write down patterns you notice, this will help you to better determine which ideas are most harmful to your well-being and which messages should be addressed.
Ways To Tame It
Make a real attempt to stop playing events over and over in your mind when you’ve had a bad day or regret something that has happened. This only intensifies the unproductive cycle. Instead, try to find solutions to the issues you’re facing. Think of what advice you’d give to a friend. Allow yourself the same kindness and generosity! Look for evidence to challenge the bad messages and then re-frame the negative things you’re telling yourself into more realistic messages. Finally, consider the absolute worst-case scenario. In most situations, it’s really not all that bad after all. Really. It’s not the end of the world, and you can overcome such results. This should give you the confidence to push fear and doubt away to move forward toward your goals.
Keep this introduction to self-criticism in mind as you move throughout this challenge. We’ll build on this information to help you understand and battle your own inner critic more effectively.