Inner Critic Got Your Ear? Quiet That Voice Now!

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Your inner critic eats away at your energy!

It’s a question we all need to ask ourselves: Has your Inner Critic got your ear?

The voice of your Inner Critic is one of the most destructive voices you’ll ever hear.

We all have that voice inside – and I’ve got practical ideas that really work, when it comes to quieting the cacophony!

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Inner Critic Got Your Ear?

So let’s take a look at one energy-drain that most of us experience – the Inner Critic.  As a first step toward time success, there are few things quite as freeing as learning to harness the energy that gets undercut by self-critical messages.

Critical messages sap your confidence and creativity. They demoralize and distract, sabotaging your best work.  Then, after the damage is done, your Inner Critic is there to say, “I told you so.”

The good news is that, because the Inner Critic works best in darkness and obscurity, illumination is a great antidote.  Shining a light is the first step in freeing yourself from this vicious cycle!

So, are you ready to get started? I’ve got 5 timely tips for you – two of which I’ll share today, and the rest tomorrow.

Timely Tips

  • The key foundational fact to take in is that your Inner Critic’s Voice is YOUR voice. The voice may sound like an echo of other voices you’ve known, but in the present, your Inner Critic is ALL you. This may not sound like good news but it really is. It means that you have all the power. With that knowledge in hand, your next step is to start recognizing and, ultimately, quieting those critical messages. It is no exaggeration to describe this as a pathway to freedom.
  • So the next step is to listen. In the quiet you’ll notice that there’s a lot of ‘talk’ going on in your head.  Gradually, you’ll start to recognize the patterns and cadences of the voices.  One will become recognizable as your Inner Critic. For each of us, the voice will be uniquely our own.   Maybe it sounds a little like your mother or father … or perhaps it’s your 5th grade teacher.  Pay attention to what he or she says.  What are the themes?  What is the tone?  How does your body feel when you hear it?

Stick with it, you’ll get there…

It’s very, very helpful when you can catch the voice of the Inner Critic “in the act.”  But it can be very tricky at first, because these messages are often so deeply embedded.  They may feel very normal.  They are subtle, pervasive, and form a sort of toxic backdrop to your life.  That’s why it is crucial to slow down and learn to recognize this critical voice.

And the very good news is that as you engage in this process, you are not only recognizing a voice – you are also building trust and self-intimacy.  You are your own skillful ally as you deepen and expand into your fullest and freest self.

This helps, too…

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