There are few things in life that sap your energy quite as efficiently and effectively as nagging self-criticism. It undermines confidence and creativity, and often leaves people feeling either utterly discouraged or fuming with anger and rebelliousness. Either way, the energy fostered by self-criticism is not conducive to nurturing healthy change.
But what kinds of things does your critical voice say to you? How can you counteract it if you don’t recognize it?
Actually, it’s often pretty easy to catch your critical voice in action. If you pause in the midst of your busy life and meditate, or sit quietly, you stand a very good chance of hearing the chatter of your critical voice. This can be a very eye-opening exercise, letting you glimpse the sorts of energy-draining messages that are droning in the background as you manage your daily activities.
Try this, and jot down a few of the critical messages that you hear. Where do they come from? Do they sound familiar to you?
Chances are they will sound familiar. And as you come to recognize the particular critical messages that you give yourself, you can begin to pull the plug on their power.
This frees you up to apply your time and energy in a heart-based way. Success builds on success, as your confidence grows and your productivity soars.
And to learn more about ways to counter self-criticism, I invite you to explore my new Exercise and Guide Book, “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” In it you’ll find proven exercises, checklists, and tips with step-by-step support to take back your power and quiet the self-criticism that saps your energy and steals your time.
Click the link: http://thetimefinder.com/voices/ to get started and to learn about the bonus at the end of the Guide.
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.