“The human race is notorious for being afraid of the wrong things.
The trail of history is littered with discarded fears that once
erroneously controlled mankind’s destiny”
How many times have you given up on a dream because you have chosen to listen to that ‘little voice’ in your head that tells you that you ‘can’t do it’ or ‘what’s the point?’ That tiny inner voice is the critic that lives inside each of us and causes many a bright future to come to a screeching halt. Just like your Mom probably freaked out when you ran with a stick, your inner ‘mom’ worries and frets over new challenges that arise in your life, often creating just enough doubt to make you believe that you can’t do “it”, whatever it may be.
There are times when listening to your ‘gut’ comes in handy. We have talked in the past about fine-tuning your intuition. However, often what you would like to perceive or call something a gut reaction, it may simply be your internal fear of failure or rejection that begins to surface before the event even takes place. How do you squelch our inner critic so that you can move forward and build the life and businesses that you dream of?
Silencing or Transforming your Inner Critic
First, listen to your inner voice and make a list of what you hear, elaborating on how you feel about each item. You guys know that I am a big fan of written lists, especially when we are trying to work something out. In its written form, you can look at the voice of the inner critic in the clear light of day instead of turning it over, and over, and over inside your mind.
After you have listened and made your list, then you can choose an appropriate response to what your critic tells you. You can make the choice to ignore the negative. Remember that if you start to reaffirm your best qualities daily and you can begin to ‘reprogram’ yourself to taking your critic’s suggestions as positive messages rather than a steady barrage of negatives.
There is a concept, the Law of Attraction, that has found a huge following with people who simply want to create a more positive life of abundance. Whether you are spiritual or religious, or not-so-much, the basic idea is simple. We attract what we think about.
Choosing to challenge your ‘little voices’ and inner critic, and change your negative thinking will have an impact on every single aspect of your life. You will create positive habits that even your worst inner critic can’t bring down!