Four Ways You Can Shut Down Your Inner Critic And Begin to Focus on the Important Stuff

Successful or not, everyone has an inner critic. You know, the voice in your head that judges, doubts and belittles you. The voice that constantly says ” you’re not qualified”.

The difference with successful people is that they have learned to ignore their inner critic. They understand that what they say to themselves matter. They eliminated the negative self-talk.

Unfortunately, your inner critic stops you from pursuing the life you truly want. The good news is that you can change this. Here are four steps to stop negative self-talk in its tracks.

  1. Recognize the Critic
    To stop negative self-talk, you must become aware of your inner critic. Much of our thinking is automatic and you may not notice your critic. So, you must make a conscious effort to slow down and pay attention to your thoughts. This will help you identify when your inner critic is present.
  2. Separate Yourself from the Critic
    Don’t be fooled. Your inner critic thrives when you mistake those thoughts as part of your authentic self. Separate yourself from your inner critic by giving it a name. Call it anything you like, “Nag”, Lies, Dirt – you get the examples. The important thing is that you separate your inner critic from your own identity. When you do, you free yourself from its influence.
  3. Talk Back to the Critic
    The only way to take away your inner critic’s power is by talking back to it. Dismiss it. Tell it that you don’t want to hear it. When you speak back to the critic, you will sense that you have a choice in the situation. When the critic starts to talk, tell it to go away, and that you refuse to listen.
  4. Replace the Critic
    The best way to defeat the critic is to have a stronger ally on your side. Work on growing an inner voice that acts as your best friend rather than your enemy. To do this, begin seeing all the good things about you. For instance, I recite bible scriptures that exposes the critic. Acknowledge that you do have positive traits and that you can achieve.
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To break the cycle of negative self-talk, you must make a conscious effort to recognize your inner critic and change the way you interact with it.

When you cut negative self-talk from your life, you will begin to see a dramatic shift in your mindset and be able to focus on the success you aspire to achieve.

About Nancy Gettridge

Nancy Gettridge is founder of Phenomenal Image, a career strategy coaching firm dedicated to helping women reach their full leadership potential.  Frequent points of discussion include aligning one's life purpose to one's career and gender bias in the workplace.   Other key topics include career strategy, leadership, and overcoming workplace issues.  You can get weekly career tips straight to your email by subscribing here
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