5 Ways to Outsmart Your Inner Critic

You have an inner critic, and it is never going to go away.

You would not have survived your childhood without your inner critic. It was there to keep you safe.

Your inner critic is that negative voice within you that lets you know when you are moving into dangerous territory. The trouble is that your inner critic gets alarmed every time you try something new.

While this part of your ego kept you safe when you were young, it starts to hold you back when you become an adult.

The more you can become aware of when your inner critic is talking, the better able to you will be able to tame this part of your ego.


Five Ways to Outsmart Your Inner Critic:

1.    Identify the Voice:

It is important to learn the difference between the voice of your inner critic and the voice of your true self.

Your inner critic is loud and harsh. It is impatient. It is mean. While the voice of your true self is quiet, strong and patient.

With practice, you will learn to notice what voice is speaking to you.

2.    Notice the bodily Sensations:

Your body is wise. It will rarely lie to you.

When you notice your inner critic speaking, notice the sensations in your body. Often your body will give you the first signal that your inner critic is active.

You might feel the tension in parts of your body. Your jaw may feel tight. Your throat might feel constricted. You may feel butterflies in your stomach. The tone of your voice may change. Your chest may feel heavy.

When you start to feel the tension in your body, take a moment to discern what is going on. Your body is wise. It wants you to pay attention to something that is out of sync.

When your true self is speaking you will feel peace in your body. Your muscles will feel calm and relaxed.

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3.    Notice your thoughts:

You have a wise mind. You are at your best when your mind is quiet.  When your inner critic wants to wreak havoc, it will send your mind into crazy thinking. Your inner critic will do its best to create enough chaos to prevent you from trying anything new.

You can quiet your inner critic by learning to relax your mind.  When you quiet your mind, your inner critic will eventually give up.

There are many practices to help you quiet your mind. They include:

·         Mindfulness

·         Centering Prayer

·         Yoga

·         Tai chi

·         Walking

·         Music

·         Gardening

Find a practice or practices that work for you.

4.    Identify the voice of your true self:

The good news is that you have all the wisdom you need within you. Your higher self is that part of you that knows best what you need.

The voice of your higher self will keep inviting you to listen. However, it will never attack or put you down.

For those of you who call yourself religious or spiritual, you can call your higher self your spirit self or God-self.

When you follow your higher self, you are going to find greater joy, meaning, purpose and satisfaction in life.

Finding the voice of your true self doesn’t mean your life is going to be easy, but it does mean, more often than not, you are going to feel self-assured. You will inwardly know what you need to do in each moment of your life.

The voice of your higher self will speak to you through your body, heart and mind. The more open you are to your three energy centers, the better you will be able to move through the ups and downs of life.

5.    Invite the Inner Critic to help:

Your inner critic is never going to go away. One way to calm it down is to invite this part of you to support you in being your best.

Remember, your inner critic wants to keep you safe. Invite this part of you to support you in becoming the best you can be.

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You might want to ask it to remind you:

·          to meditate or pray every day

·         to slow down and notice the wisdom of your body

·         to slow down and notice your emotions

·         to breathe deeply

·         to warn you when you start to feel negative

·         to alert you when your mind starts to become chaotic

Let your inner critic know how much you appreciate its supports in helping you to be the best person you can be.

When you begin to notice your inner critic at its worst, firmly and with authority, remind it to support you being your best.

The more you can harness the energy of the inner critic for good, the less it is going to get in your way.


With all the negative thoughts out of the way, you will find space to listen to your true self. You will feel energized to begin new adventures and callings that will feel right in every cell of your body.

When you can harness the energy of the inner critic, you are going to find the self-confidence to take on anything your higher self is calling you to.

With the negative energy of your inner critic out of the way, you will find your inner compass.

With the help of the inner critic, you will find the power, strength and courage to play your part in making the world a better place.

I am Roland Legge, an Identity Coach here to help you outsmart your inner critic.  You can access your Free Online Enneagram Test: Click Here Please join me in conversation on my Facebook Page: Click Here

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