Welcome to the first video of our Strengths & Strategy series – “Create a Clean Slate – How to Silence Your Inner Critic to Allow Bold, Inspired Action”!
If you’ve ever:
– started, then stopped, a project, over and over again
– found yourself in an endless loop of, “Should I….?”
– been unable to commit to a specific path
You could be at the mercy of your inner critic.
Your inner critic will make you to doubt yourself, will make you question every step you take towards bold new territory.
Your inner critic will topple your dreams like a toddler’s fist through a game of Jenga…and is often just as innocent. Your inner critic simply needs to be redirected and calmed down so it is no longer destructive.
This first step is critical to finding our Strengths because the process of finding our strengths requires courage – the courage to focus on our strengths, and the courage to release our weaknesses. Only after we clear out the voices that tell us how we “should” be doing things can we start to hear that still, quiet voice of our intuition.
Without taking this time to clear out the inner critic, we can sometimes find distorted, inaccurate strengths, i.e. the strengths you “should” have, or the strengths you “want” to have, versus your real, genuine wellspring of gorgeous, shiny talent.
It’s kinda like the ear doctor clearing out your earwax so they can best see your eardrum. (Eieww, but you get my drift, right? ;))
3-Steps to Silence Your Inner Critic
Step 1 – Identify Your Critic
The first step to erasing the inner critic’s power is to identify it and take it from an unconscious, automatic response to conscious awareness.
– Who’s voice is it?
– Where does it emanate from?
– What does it sound like? Is it near or far? Booming and close?
Step 2 – Change Your Critical Voice
We have the power to change how the critical voice occurs to us, simply by changing aspects and characteristics of it.
– Change the tone and pitch of the critical voice
– Change the physical location of the voice – make it some from somewhere silly, like your kneecap
– Make it sound like farther away, less vivid, less menacing, less powerful
– Put it in a silly cartoony voice – one that makes you laugh, that you can’t take seriously.
Step 3 – Strengthen Your Positive Voice
Nature abhors a vacuum, and without a new “toy” for the mind the negative critical voice could easily sneak back in. Strengthen your own positive, encouraging voice to support you towards your bold action.
– Think of a positive, encouraging voice. Is it yours, a coach’s, a mentor’s, a friend’s?
– If the voice is not yours, change it so you are hearing the encouragement in your voice
– Make the voice louder, brighter, more vivid! Boom it as if from loudspeakers!
– Add images, mental movie clips, to the encouragement. Let your encouragement fill your mind, a great movie of positivity in your personal theater
To your clear channels and a booming theater of success,