Musings + Affirmations: I silence the voice of self-criticism

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One should never criticize his own work

except in a fresh and hopeful mood.

The self-criticism of a tired mind

is suicide.

Charles Horton Cooley



Affirmation: I silence the voice of self-criticism.

I turn a deaf ear to self-criticism. Such disparagement has the ability to paralyze me on the road to self-improvement. Instead of stopping progress, I stop critical thoughts lurking in my mind.

I unmask self-criticism when it comes to me disguised as self-reflection or self-improvement. The difference between the voice of self-criticism and self-improvement is that self-criticism focuses on what I have done wrong, self-improvement looks to the future.

Through positive reflection, I focus on my strengths to create a better me. I refrain from punishing myself or fixating on what I have done wrong in the past. I strive to nurture my strong points and improve the other areas.

The voice of self-criticism attempts to fill me with shame by reminding me of my mistakes.

I stand up to that voice by focusing on my positive interactions and successes, instead of replaying shameful thoughts over and again.

I surrender the areas of my life that need improvement to my Creator. I give up trying to be perfect or trying to be like someone else and purely embrace who I was created to be.

I exhibit grace and mercy toward myself, forgiving for my shortcomings and accepting myself the way that I am.

I acknowledge that I am a work in progress and I continue on my quest to becoming a better person.

I am strengthened by staying positive about the future.


Today, I shut down self-criticism and focus on positive thoughts.


I trade negative criticism for positive reflection in order to fly above and beyond my dreams.


Homework/ Self-Reflective Questions/ Journal Prompts:

1. Do I recognize the difference between being overly self-critical and self-improvement?

2. What are my three greatest strengths?

3. What can I do to silence the voice of self-criticism when it creeps into my thoughts?


To your continued success!!


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About Martina

Martina McGowan has a passion for helping people find their way forward. This she does as a physician, writer, mother, grandmother, coach, minister, blogger, speaker, and working with the prosecutor's office for the conviction of people involved in the sexual assault and abuse of children. She is a life-long student of human behavior, and a teacher of deep listening. It is by listening, and hearing each other's hearts that we are able to help them heal, and thereby help heal ourselves.


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