Have you ever heard an inner voice telling you disempowering things, like “I don’t think I can make it,” “What if I fail?”, “I’m not that smart,” ”I’ll never have that,” “This is too hard,” “This is too big for me,” “It’s impossible,” or “It’s too good to be true” ?
If this rings a bell for you, know that this was the voice of your Inner Critic.
What is Your Inner Critic?
It is that voice in your mind that often speaks to you when you want to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone. It is a voice of fear.
Its purpose is to keep you in the safe zone and protect you from any possible emotional injuries like judgment, rejection, blame or shame. It is an internal resistance to change and the unknown, and the main reason for you playing small and not daring to go for your dreams.
Your inner critic does an excellent job at keeping you safe; however, it might have an adverse impact on your life by possibly making you:
Doubt yourself and your abilities even though you know you are capable of achieving great things in life.
Admire others for their achievements without being able to acknowledge your own. You might take your own accomplishments for granted, thinking that “Anyone could have done it,” or attributing them to luck or other people who gave you chances to succeed.
Procrastinate. You might put important things on hold instead of just doing them.
Your inner critic is the voice of fear.