We humans tend to have this incessant inner dialogue going on inside our heads; an endless chatterbox. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes the form of a relentless inner critic, pounding away at our self-concept, eroding our self-worth. Allowing this to go on is… how to say this nicely? Not smart? A form of self-sabotage? NEVER rent out a room in your head to the opposition! We all have enough challenges in life without being 110% on our own side. Don’t yet know how to take control of that voice? Well, try starting out with “I’m busy now, on task, got a mission, maybe later.” Then again, maybe never!
That inner voice is NOT you; YOU are the entity hearing it and you have the power to dispute it, to quiet it, to fire it. Or better yet, send it off to school and give it a new job: your coach, your cheerleader, your new BFF, maybe even eventually your wise advisor?
“As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.” – Buddha
“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hay, 1926-2017, ‘You Can Heal Your Life’
“Being aware of this inner critic and its ability to limit you is an important part of silencing it.” – Humaira Syed, ‘55 Habits for Mindset Mastery: A Perfect Collection of Everyday Simple HABITS to Change Your Life Forever’
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier