How to deal with your inner critic

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Our inner critic, a close friend of self-doubt. It is a voice inside our head that highlights everything we do wrong. The voice has no qualms about belittling us or saying hurtful things we would never say to another human being. The beliefs we hold to be true plays a big role in fuelling ourself-doubt. In the words of Kelly Lee Phipps, ‘If you argue for your limitations you get to keep them’. So how can we effectively deal with self-doubt?

What You'll Need

  • Lots of practice but it does get easier over time!

What You'll Do

  • Notice it: Become an expert at identifying it.
  • Distance yourself from it: Thoughts are just thoughts, every thought that crosses our mind doesn't have to become a reality.
  • Observe your thoughts without judgment: that will ensure that you don't amplify them by allocating more time to these negative thoughts. It's like in meditation, notice the thought, don't fight it, and let it go.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are wondering what the difference is between constructive criticism and inner criticism/self-doubt, remember that constructive feedback will have some useful insights that will help you grow as a person. Inner criticism and self-doubt don’t, it's all about problems and rarely about practical solutions.
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