Updated: Dec 9, 2022
"Get out of your own way." I have heard this from more than one of my teachers in the past. It took me years to understand what it actually meant. How do I get out of my own way? How am I even IN my own way in the first place?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Self-Criticism and Limiting Beliefs, that's how I get in my own way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The shitty choir of "I'm not good enough / smart enough / pretty enough / ready enough / fill-in-the-blank enough". It's loud, persistent, and strong enough to hold us back. It GETS IN THE WAY of living our best lives. Of taking risks. Of being fully seen. Of sharing our gifts with the world. It thwarts our limitless potential.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Can you relate to that, too?
Here are 5 ways to quiet the “inner critic” & connect to your inner being:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Name that Critic! My inner critic is called “Chump”. Whenever “Chump” gets in my way, I thank her for trying to keep me protected, and I ask her to please step aside because she is not the voice of my soul.
2. Take 3 (or more) deep, slow breaths & imagine breathing into and out of your heart.
3. Remind yourself that your soul would never judge you or speak to you the way your inner critic does.
4. Practice Yoga: drop your mind into your body rhythm.
5. Feel the fear and do it anyway! Take Massive, Imperfect Action despite the shitty choir.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So...what are you going to name your inner critic?? I'd love to know! Share in the comments below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀