Need to tell your Inner Critic to shut the f*ck up? It’s time to cultivate a kick-ass attitude!
Look, life is hard enough. The last thing you need is your Inner Critic taking the wheel of your life and getting on your case every time you try to achieve something. Why are you listening to some shifty little twit who doesn’t have your best interest at heart? No, it’s time to challenge your Inner Critic. Silence its voice once and for all.
And the best way? Try these nifty strategies:
Your inner critic is a sneaky critter. It’ll whisper, never to speak out loud. The last thing it wants is for you to notice its mean scheming. By paying attention to what’s going on in your head, you draw its lies out into the open, where you can shake the crap out of it.
Give it a Nickname
Whenever the Inner Critic speaks up, give it a silly name. Think to yourself things like “Hey, it’s Shitty Snotbog, back again to cause trouble.” By making fun of this voice, it’s a whole lot harder to take seriously.
What about a Voice?
Do you hear some pretty negative things? Try making the voice squeaky, or go all Disney on yourself and make it sound like Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. By giving a daft voice to these thoughts, you’ll hear just how ridiculous they sound.
Play a Game
Tell your Inner Critic it can only come out to play when you say so. And the only game you’re playing is Whack-A-Mole and you’re the one with the mallet! In your mind, if your Inner Critic so much as makes a squeak, imagine bopping it firmly on top of its devious little head. When it raises its head through another hole in your mind, smack it again. The funny thing? Most of the time, you won’t even remember what it was the Inner Critic had to say because you’ll have so much fun playing the game. Win-win to you!
Is there any truth to what your Inner Critic is saying? Examine the statements. Feel free to argue back. Point out the flaws in the reasoning and back it up with examples of times when you’ve proven those things aren’t true. Imagine you’re a lawyer in court, put the Inner Critic in the witness box and watch and listen as it squirms under your questioning.
Replace the Words
Finally, drop the negative words entirely and rewrite the script to turn each negative into a positive. For example, saying, “I’m useless at anything creative,” can become “I did a fantastic job with arranging those flowers.” Be your own cheerleader and each time you finish an activity, high five yourself because you’re so chuffing awesome!
Remember, silencing an Inner Critic is going to take a bit time and energy. This kind of nasty pest doesn’t just shut up because you told them to go away once. No, you’re going to have to do the work, using these strategies until you’re finally free of that nasty little voice.
Once you’ve got it, though? Your world will change in an astonishing way. After all, without your critic to hold you back, you’re freer to pursue your dreams!
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