How well you know that voice. It’s the one that constantly generates turbulence and doubt and, when all else fails, attacks you mercilessly in an attempt to limit you.
Many have referred to this as your inner critic. It appears in those moments when you’re at your lowest and weakest and kicks you in the gut just for good measure.
Today I call on you to silence that critic, but not in the way you might suspect. The temptation might be to fight fire with fire and silence it by becoming angry or hostile towards it and at yourself for allowing it spew its toxic thinking all over your aspirations.
I ask you to see who it really is. It’s the small child that was picked last for the playground team. It’s the wounded child that felt the pain of every setback and hardened a shell around itself for protection. It’s the child that was mistreated by the world and vowed never again.
Be gentle with it. Show it love and compassion. Reassure it that going after your dreams and trusting other people is OK and even necessary.
Win it over to your cause until that inner critic, like the proverbial caterpillar, transforms into your most ardent supporter; always quietly saying, “You can,” rather than “You can’t.”
With time, effort, and patience, your inner critic becomes your inner cheerleader.
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