We all have that voice in our head, ready with criticism.
- You’re not good enough
- Too much can happen; what if you lose everything?
- You tried that once and failed
- Don’t you think others tried this? Why do you think you can succeed?
- Why do you think you’re work is good enough?
That voice in your brain that makes you doubt yourself
What is your inner critic’s personality?
Worrier: Points out everything that could go wrong, raising anxiety and doubt.
Critic: Judges and evaluates you, pointing out all flaws and errors. Tends to minimize your accomplishments.
Victim: Tells you about your problems. It tells you that there are obstacles and you’re are incapable. You won’t succeed, but it’s not your fault.
Perfectionist: Tells you that you’re never doing enough and it’s never good enough. If you work harder and do more, you might then be able to succeed…but that time never comes.
So how do you conquer your inner critic? First, identify them and give them a name. Then when that voice pipes up, you can tell it to shut up. I know, it sounds silly, but it can be an effective trick to silence that critter. It’s sort of like a game of psychological Whack-a-Mole!