Part 4: Inner Critic’s Role in Building Self-Confidence

Do you notice and listen to that tiny voice inside ourselves? Strange but it is true that you may succumb to a somber and mediocre way of life depending on how you respond to those promptings. There is no biological or scientific explanation to this voice, but we all hear them.

Do you know what your inner critic is telling you now?  Do you believe its validity?

In the last blog post, we talked about increasing your self-confidence. Today, we are going to deal on how your inner critic affects your self-confidence.

Do you notice and listen to that tiny voice inside ourselves?  Strange but it is true that you may succumb to a somber and mediocre way of life depending on how you respond to those promptings.  There is no biological or scientific explanation to this voice, but we all hear them.

Although there are two types of voices – one in a form of good motivation and the other stemming from fear.  The latter being an innate automatic response to protect us from hurt.  But ironically this inborn whispering voice would tell us that we are not good enough, we are worthless, or we cannot do anything right.  Sounds familiar?

For some of us, this voice could be an all-commanding mentor and yet for some, this little voice has become our inner critic, or even worse, a guiding force in their lives. From past experiences, if you would all remember, this tiny voice has been with us throughout our existence, guiding or misguiding us to make the apparent proper decisions.

But as we go through the course of living, life would throw us curve balls in which times we felt cornered on to a wall.  When we have become too frustrated and frazzled, these negative thoughts creep in and that little voice turns into an inner critic.

What is an Inner Critic?

This inner critic becomes that nagging voice that tells you how incompetent you are, how unattractive you are, how weak and worthless you are and how people dislike you for who and what you are. It will convince you to believe in all these lies and deceits until your self-confidence is exhausted and your sense of good self becomes devoid of meaning.

This inner critic lives in our being as well as the inner voice of goodness.  It is like your left and right brain arguing back and forth which felt like a battle we must conquer within ourselves.

This inner critic will provide proofs of how stupid it would be for you to take chances with faith. It will make up certain false beliefs of your inability and powerlessness of shining through. It will convince you to believe in due time that you truly are worthless and insignificant.

In the end, when you accept these as your truth, the inner critic will store memories of such failures to be recovered again later when you falter with “unbelief. ” This inner critic will consume you to the point that it overpowers your sense of self-worth.  Eventually, you will eventually be controlled by fear, anxiety, and a lack of self-confidence.

Remember Who You Are

You are worth more than you thought you were.  You are endowed with unique talents, skills, and personality by our Creator.  That truth by itself makes you a significant person to those around you and to the world in general. When the voice of inner critic tells you, you cannot do something right or you are not good enough it is important to win over a life of mediocrity and prove it wrong.  Initially, you may give this inner critic its voice.  But find to deny it and claim that you are more than enough!

Keep in mind that we do not always have to be good at everything, and that is okay.  It is called acceptance.  So, do not be afraid to try new things.  Failure is part of life.  When it happens, it just gives us an opportunity to explore more ways to be more creative with success.  While your inner critic may have the noblest intention of keeping you from failing, it can also keep you from succeeding. 

Success is not a destination, it is a journey of wins and losses. But eventful as they may be, losses are just a matter of perspective.

Make sure you look for your next blog post.  We will be talking about self-image and the role it plays in your life.


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