We begin each new year with a renewed mission for personal improvement. But most of the time that mission is sabotaged by our own inner critic. Our inner critic is the voice in our head that tells us we aren’t going to achieve our goals and crushes our self-esteem. Here are some tips when facing our critic.
Remember your Inner critic is not you. That harsh, degrading voice in your head, that’s not you talking. Your inner critic is a combination of past expectations and other people who were critical of you. These experiences in your past make up your inner critic. You have the power to bring closure to this cycle.
Give Your Critic a Name. The goal here is to completely detach from your inner critic. An easy way to do that is to give your critic a name. For example, let’s call him Charlie. When you’re in a cycle of self-doubt, tell your critic to go away. “I don’t have time for you right now Charlie. You need to leave.” This simple strategy will help you disassociate from your inner critic so you can invite more positivity into your life. Sorry, Charlie.
- Emotional Health