Whether you are successful or not, everyone has an inner critic. The voice in your head that judges, doubts and belittles you. The voice that is always telling you that you’re not good enough.
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.
- Recognize the Critic
The first step to stop negative self-talk is that you must become aware of your inner critic. Much of our thinking is automatic and it’s so quick that you may not notice. 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.
- 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, such as “Nag”. The important thing is that you separate your inner critic from your own identity. When you do, you free yourself from its influence.
- 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.
- 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. Acknowledge that you do have positive traits and that you can do anything.
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 find success in all that you do.