Quieting Your Inner Critic

You are amazing.

Yes, YOU!

Exactly as you are.  Not after completing some task on your life’s to-do list (examples: lose weight, gain weight, get that promotion, spend more time with your kids, take time to call someone you care about, eat healthy, study more, make time for yourself, be better/ kinder/ more confident/ more patient/ work harder/ work less… you get the picture).  Not then – now.  I’ll say it again because it’s worth repeating.

You are amazing, right now, exactly as you are.

Take a deep breath, drop your shoulders and let that statement settle deep within.

Buddha said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”


So why is it our internal voice – the inner critic that tells us we’re not enough, or that we can’t do this or that, or should or shouldn’t do this or that – has such power in our lives?  It reminds us (not so kindly, I might add) of our perceived shortcomings, flaws and that we haven’t yet [insert guilt-inducing distant goal here].  And for some reason we actually listen, on some level, letting it affect our self-esteem.

Well, it’s time to turn that inner critic into an inner advocate.

Here’s a short, simple and powerful exercise I read about in a Louise Hay book years ago.

Look in the mirror – directly into your eyes (important) – and repeat after me:

I love myself exactly as I am.
love myself exactly as I am.
love myself exactly as I am. 

In fact, repeat it 10 times.  And, here’s the kicker: mean it!

Try it!  It may feel weird, but just go with me on this – because when repeated often enough (say, daily for a month), it helps quiet that inner critic.

No matter what your current level of happiness or frustration is, don’t put conditions on loving and approving of yourself.  You’re far too important.

Everything in your life has led you to this moment: all the love, joy, pain, disillusionment, excitement, disappointment, friendship, loss, stagnation, lessons learned.

If there’s something in your life you’d really like to change, know there is every potential in this moment.  Decide on a small step of action – something you can follow through on – and see what happens.

But regardless – and most importantly – remember.  You. Are. Awesome.

Just wanted you to know.

About Christine

Positive thinker. Writer. Personal empowerment coach. Lover of travel and adventure, oceans and mountains, and the energy of a big city.Oh, and deep belly laughs, sappy movies and spirited conversations. Believer in limitless human potential.
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2 Responses to Quieting Your Inner Critic

  1. Kat Cowley says:

    Well, not to sound redundant, but YOU my dear are awesome 🙂

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