And the reality is, we’ve all been there.
We start comparing our work to someone else’s. Then, we begin to wonder why she has so much success, but we’re still stuck at the starting line. We tell ourselves we’re not good enough compared to her and we question our own abilities. And then we talk down to ourselves!
When we get caught up in making those comparisons, it usually ends with us feeling sorry for ourselves and our face in a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.
To stop this from happening to you, it’s important to learn how to silence your inner critic. And when I say your inner critic, I mean the negative one who is making you feel like crap.
4 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic
If you’re ready to give that nasty inner critic of yours the boot, these four tips will help you shift your mindset to one that’s much more positive.
1. Be Aware of Your Thoughts
Do you think so many negative thoughts throughout the day that you’ve become used to it almost like it’s background noise? If so, than you have some major work to do to let those feelings go!
But if you truly want to silence your inner critic, you have to be aware of those negative thoughts so you can shut them down ASAP. Check in with your thoughts and feelings regularly. After all, it isn’t healthy to keep everything bottled up inside.
The next time a negative thought pops up and you start putting yourself down, ask why you’re feeling that way. Is there a valid reason for feeling down or are you beating yourself up over nothing? More often than not, you may find you’re simply overreacting.
2. Put a Positive Spin on Things
When those negative thoughts come up, make the conscious effort to turn them right around. Instead of letting the negatives become overwhelming, remind yourself of all the ways you are amazing.
Another fantastic way to shift your mindset is to meditate. I love doing guided meditations to get myself on the right track. Journaling is another great choice because you can get all of your thoughts out on paper and really make time for reflection.
3. Don’t Obsess Over Mistakes
There’s a good chance that you’ve scrolled through Instagram and thought someone seemed to have the perfect life. Newsflash! Not one of us is perfect, no matter what social media may tell you.
That person you think seems to perfect has made mistakes just like you have. That’s why you can’t beat yourself up when things go wrong.
Instead, silence your inner critic that’s bringing you down and turn that mistake into a positive. We can learn so much from our mishaps and failures and use that as fuel to keep going and do better next time.
4. Remember That You’re a Work in Progress
Instead of always feeling like you’re not good enough right now, remember that you have the ability to make any changes you want. You can be anyone you want to be. All you have to do is make that decision to make positive changes in your life.