The Power of Momentum in Silencing Your Inner Critic
I’ve mentioned the concept of momentum many times throughout this challenge. That’s because it’s such a key component to changing your self-talk. In fact, it’s essential to changing any habit and achieving goals. Momentum, in this case, is the combined forward actions that build upon each other. As that force continues to move, it gets stronger. That’s why, once you start something new and practice it regularly, it becomes easier. Read more below about the power of momentum in silencing your inner critic.
Small Successes Build
When you start to confront your inner critic and work to change your self-talk, you’re exerting a new force in your life. Just as it becomes easier to move an object once you get some force behind it and build momentum, new habits such as dealing with your inner meanie will also become easier once you start. It’s those first early steps that are the trickiest. Each time you manage to reframe your self-talk, you build upon the success of the last. The process is more likely to continue as these small successes build momentum.
With success comes confidence. The more times you conquer that negative voice in your head that’s trying to hold you back, the more confident you become that you can do it again. Fear of the unknown plays a role here. If you’ve never done something, it’s going to seem more intimidating. That’s why overcoming your inner critic can be so incredibly difficult. It thrives on your fear and insecurity. Confidence is a powerful weapon against your inner critic.
Once you’ve begun to gain confidence in overcoming negative self-talk, you get better at doing it. After several successful bouts of determining truth from fiction and reframing your thoughts, you start to see it’s not as difficult as you once thought. As self-awareness and confidence build, you don’t want to go back to letting your inner critic rule you. So, your commitment to change increases.
Essentially, this is how a new habit is formed. Momentum is a strong factor in silencing your inner critic.