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What’s all the fuss about this Inner Critic thing, anyway?  Have you wondered if you even have one?


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Here are some examples of the sort of  self-talk you may ‘hear’  on the way to tend to sales and marketing responsibilities.

  • Why are you bothering these people? They don’t care what you  have to offer.
  • Leave them alone. Do you really expect to make a living selling stuff people don’t want at prices they can’t afford?
  • Why should they listen to you, anyway?
  • Do you even own the product you’re trying to sell?  Really?  When’s the last time you used it?
  • Sally’s got a bigger team than you.  Kim’s a better closer.  Kyle’s got better product knowledge.  You don’t stand a shot.
  • Why even bother to show up?

Yikes!  That’s a lot of mental sludge to move through, isn’t it?  And here’s something you might not know: trying to eliminate your Inner Critic only makes it louder.

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Does that mean you have to accept it and all the nasty little ways it helps to play on your fears?

Of course not.  Watch this space to find out why you might need an Inner Critic and how ‘the two of you’ may learn to get along a bit better.

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Better yet, what if you could find out how to make it work FOR you? The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head by Andrea Patten is now available on Amazon.



  10 Responses to “Do I Even HAVE an Inner Critic?”

  1. Love these questions Andrea and yes, I do have an Inner Critic that I love and often want to smack 🙂 Can’t wait to see the other part of this article.

  2. Yikes! Those are harsh voices….and yes, my inner critic used to boss me around and soeak to me like that!!!

    But that is no longer the case. Like Dr Phil said on one of his shows : You teach people how to treat you!

    I taught my inner critic that she cannot be treating me in this way and taking that tone to me…..

    These days she approaches me in a much gentler way, letting me know about her fears 🙂

    We improved our relationship to one that serves us both 😉 My inner critics intention were good but her application of them sucked!!

    We both grew. Yipieeh!

  3. Andrea – I love your approach to my inner critique – work together this is what the Buddah teaches too. ‘Come in my old friend and let’s have a cup of tea’ x

  4. Ah, the inner critic. You have a great way of helping us to look her in the face so that (with your help) we can gear up to tell her where to go!

  5. I know it’s not funny, but I was laughing as I read this. My inner critic is not enhanced by attention, rather she is quelled when I let her see the error of her thinking. By verbalizing the “rewards” of those fears that my little darling would like me to back away from, I get her to see that maybe…just maybe, she doesn’t really need to use the excuse of fear to keep her safe…. Most of the time these days, we’re on the same page. But each time I do a business “launch” I have to give her a cookie to shut her up…. 😉

    • Oh, Jan…. I think humor is an invaluable tool for making friends with the critter. Glad you laughed — and congrats on your crazy launch!

  6. My inner critic is a harsh taskmaster. Luckily God has given me a guide who is the antidote. She’s loving, constant and no nonsense. Most importantly, she knows that harder and more isn’t always the right way to approach life.
    I’d love to learn how to shift my inner critic into an ally.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment — you’ve given me some much-needed motivation to get editing. I’ll have something for you soon. 🙂

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