A funny thing happened to me when I was traveling to meet and train with lots of women in direct sales…. I started hearing a term that I hadn’t heard in very a long time. I kept running into people who wanted help to manage their “Inner Critic.”
I’ve heard it (the Inner Critic) called a lot of things:
- When I connect with online writing communities like NaNoWriMo, there’s a lot of talk about “The Inner Editor….”
- When I worked in the addictions field, lots of people called it “The Addict in the Attic,” or “My Disease.”
- “The Committee,” or “The Jury” comes up in more general conversation
The point is, it seems to be something most of us struggle with from time-to-time. My friend Annie says, “Most people are one thought away from being happier, healthier and more successful.” I agree with her.
Here it is: efforts to silence that inner critic only make it stronger. It’s on your side and learning about it will serve you a lot better than trying to shut it up.
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Regardless of the ‘title’ I have held at any given time, my work has been about offering people the opportunity to connect with a new thought. I like that. Mastering that ‘voice in the head’ that says ‘you are not good enough’ is important work.
This came in my e-mail a while back, and I saved it. It seems to fit these conversations about lovin’ on our inner critics.
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“It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.” – Kenichi Ohmae
What old beliefs stand in the way of learning to love your Inner Critic?
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