Simple Self-Care by Rita | My Inner Critic is a B*tch
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My Inner Critic is a B*tch

We all have one – our inner critic. You may know her by a different name, but she’s there, hanging around giving us her opinion when not even asked. Frankly, I’m getting rather tired of her and her so-called “advice”. Who does she think she is and who the hell even invited her into my life?

Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of working with a few different business coaches. One in particular, Joanna Lindenbaum, encouraged us to “befriend our fears”. She suggested to think of our fears, aka inner critic, as just trying to protect us from things … failure, embarrassing ourselves, not doing a good job etc. Unfortunately, I think, this inner critic steps in way too often and prevents us from achieving wonderful things because she somehow convinces us that we can’t or are not worthy.

So, how do we shut our inner critic up? Well, I started thinking of her as an over-zealous protector that is a scaredy-cat who is afraid of success. Huh?! Afraid of success?! I know right – makes no logic sense whatsoever. Whenever she decides to step in and try to overrule my thinking, I simply let her know that “I appreciate your concern, but I got this one so BUTT OUT!” Believe it or not, it seems to be working!

It is a constant struggle working on befriending my inner critic and our “friendship” is growing, but quite frankly, she is still a bitch.
rkg 11/21/15

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