There’s a crazy inner voice in my head that keeps talking to me but I don’t want to hear what it has to say. It says things like, “you don’t know what you are doing”, “you should’ve let someone else do this”, “you don’t look good in that bathing suit” and other charming and supporting thoughts.
I’m working on reinventing myself now that I’ve quit my job, and I find that my inner critic is a running commentary of all the reasons why this was such a bad idea. Of course, I don’t listen to any of it. I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing, that the path I am on will lead me to a more satisfying life. All I have to do is build up my confidence and go for it.
My reason why I am starting this business is to help all those people I’ve met in my career that are absolutely miserable and don’t know what to do about it. I know that they have the power in themselves to transform their lives, and I want to provide them with the tools to break through. I know my heart is in the right place, and I have the skills to make this work, so now I need to trust my gut instinct, to listen to what my body is telling me instead of my head.
The critic in my head needs to come out and play once in a while. After I’ve figured out what I need to do, laid out my plans and set up my schedule, the critic comes in useful. This is where I want to look for the steps I missed or put out of sequence, and identify the tasks that I have no clue how to do. Here is when criticism is helpful, and won’t really change your plans, but it will help identify the gaps.
So maybe I don’t need to silence it all the time after all. Maybe just the bathing suit comments.