5 Ways to Deal With the Voice That’s Holding You Back From Your Greatness
There is an inner critic in all of us that affects our attitude and how we think of ourselves.
This inner critic wants the best for us, but can often come through as harsh and critical.
What is Your Inner Critic?
Our inner critic is the negative voice that criticises us when we do something that’s in conflict with our values or intentions.
For example, we may set an intention to eat better in order to achieve a certain health goal. When we eat something that’s not healthy or fail to exercise, our inner critic can trigger thoughts such as, “You’re lazy” or “You can’t be trusted to do what you say you’ll do.”
Even though our inner critic’s true intention may be to remind us to stay committed to our goal, it uses criticism as the vehicle to keep us on track.
The Power of Your Inner Critic
Ignoring or pretending we don’t have an inner critic will not serve us. If we try and resist our inner critic, it will have more power over us.
Not being able to deal with or silence our inner critic can result in:
Feelings of sadness, insecurity and disappointment.
Lower self-confidence and self-esteem.
Having a poor attitude and being critical of others.
Reluctance to challenge ourselves or take new risks.
Having a fear of failure.
We have to learn to co-exist with our inner critic, as it’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to silence it fully.
Whenever we’re working on our own, it can be difficult to get more motivated to do what we have to.
This is especially relevant to those who working remotely or operate their own businesses. We tend to be our biggest distraction.
Most times, we do or feel better when we’re around other people, therefore being alone can be challenging.
Why It’s Important to Get More Motivated Especially if You Work Alone
In most work environments, workers typically have to answer to someone in terms of their performance and outputs. If we’re working alone and are our own boss, we don’t necessarily have anyone to answer to. That can raise some challenges.
Some of the reasons why it’s important to get ourselves more motivated if we work alone include:
We’ll accomplish what we want in a timely manner.
We’ll carry out our responsibilities and meet expectations.
We’ll serve those we need to as best as we can.
We’ll feel good about ourselves and the progress we’re making.
Learning to trust our inner voice will give us an additional tool to help us in our daily lives.
We all have an inner voice. Learning to listen and trust that voice is something we have to develop.
What is Your Inner Voice?
Our inner voice is more a sense or a feeling, rather than a voice, although for some, it can be. It’s commonly referred to as an inkling, gut feeling, hunch, inner guide or intuition.
We often hear the phrase, “Listen to your gut,” which implies there is something else that’s always guiding us. That sense or feeling we have in our gut is one example of how our inner voice communicates to us.
We’ll become more aware of it as we start paying attention to how it shows up and how we respond to it.
Why Should You Listen to Your Inner Voice?
If we reflect on the significant decisions we’ve made in life, we’ll find evidence of our inner voice. Sometimes we just had a “knowing” to do or not do something.
Whenever something hasn’t worked out for us, chances are we weren’t aware of our inner voice or we chose to ignore it.
The benefits of listening to our inner voice includes:
It’ll be a lot easier to make decisions.
We won’t have to second-guess whether something is right or not.
We’ll develop a higher level of self-trust and self-confidence.
We’ll reduce our stress levels as we won’t experience mental turmoil or chaos.
We’ll have a calmer presence about us.
Since we all have an inner voice, it’s a matter of doing certain things to fully tap into it and use it to our advantage.
5 Things You Can Do to Train Yourself to Love Learning
Committing to becoming a lifelong learner is one of the most valuable decisions we can make to improve our lives.
There is a law of nature that states if something isn’t growing, it’s in a state of decline. As human beings, we grow when we challenge ourselves to do things we haven’t done before.
This can involve learning new things and taking new risks. If we stop learning, it means we’re starting to die. Those who don’t believe they can or don’t want to learn, are telling themselves they’re old.
Benefits of Being a Lifelong Learner
Being a lifelong learner will reap significant benefits, especially over the long-term. Some of the benefits include we’ll:
An advantage of being a lifelong learner is that we’ll keep ourselves mentally stimulated. This can help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, which affects a person’s ability to recall or process information.
Becoming a lifelong learner will bring about mental, emotional and physical benefits.
Things to Be Aware Of as You Strive to Be Your Best Self
One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is to focus on our personal development.
Personal development is often considered a lifelong process and journey. It’s the pursuit of becoming our best selves, by expanding our self-awareness and striving to reach our full potential.
By focusing on our personal development, we aim to become everything we’re capable of becoming.
The idea of focusing on personal development isn’t something that would normally come up in everyday conversations. When things aren’t going as expected or as planned, that’s when people tend to focus on their personal development.
Signs You Need to Focus on Your Personal Development
If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll know when things aren’t going well in our lives. Some of the signs include:
We feel like we’re drifting through life and just going through the motions.
We know something is missing, but cannot clearly articulate what it is.
We’re distracted, unfocused and not fully engaged in what we’re doing and how we’re living our lives.
We’re feel like we’ve “lost ourselves” and what it means to be us or what it means to be happy.
We’re unclear on what we want to or should do in our lives, which generates emotions of sadness or resignation.
As we focus on our personal development journey, we’ll discover things about ourselves that will support us in creating the life we want.