Strategies for Recognizing and Responding to Your Inner Critic – Ep. 130

Everybody has one, and it follows you around, constantly causing you to second guess your decisions. It creates an element of self-doubt, perpetuates anxious feelings, and generally make your life miserable if you allow it that kind of power. What is it…Your Inner Critic.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are come from, what you do in life, or how much you have it all together or not, your inner critic is hanging around waiting for an opportunity to insert itself into a situation. There are different schools of thought surrounding your inner critic, and if there are aspects of it that are positive. I’m of the thinking that if you allow that inner critic to have any kind of foothold in your life, if you leave that door open even just a crack, it’s got an opportunity to take over without you even realizing it.

Sound familiar? This is what anxiety does too, and it’s no wonder they go hand in hand.

In this episode, Joanne and I are talking about the importance of not only recognizing it but also responding to your inner critic This is such an important topic because it affects so many aspects of daily life, from personal to professional, relationships of all types. Virtually any aspect of your life is an opportunity for your inner critic to gain a foothold.

I wrote in a previous post on my coaching website about some strategies to deal with your inner critic, and in this podcast episode we take that post a step further and offer more thoughts and strategies that you can use to take back your power from that voice in your head that causes you to doubt yourself and your abilities.

  • What does it mean to be in charge of your inner critic?
  • How can giving your inner critic a name, be helpful and empowering?
  • How your inner critic uses your past against, especially when it comes to struggles or perceived failures?
  • How can you turn down the volume on your inner critic? What does that mean?
  • How can separating yourself from your inner critic be helpful and how do you do it?

Remember, your inner critic is not your friend, it does not have your best interests at heart. It’s there to make you believe that your best is not good enough, to perpetuate anxiety and unrest in your life, to steal your joy and contentment, and to bring self-doubt to the forefront of virtually every thought you have.

You can take back that power, keep your inner critic in check, and live life knowing that your past or present circumstances are not the end all be all definition of who you are.

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Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP & Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

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