Posts Tagged as inner critic

Fear + Excitement = Winning Combo

A COUPLE years ago, Melissa and I were walking through a village in Belize on our way to breakfast. While talking about where we planned to go hiking that day, Melissa pointed out that the trails were behind a place that offered a zip lining tour through the jungle. "What do ...

Who Do You Think You Are?

Does this question ever creep up when you're considering a bold move? Whether writing a book, setting a boundary, traveling the world, or declining an invitation, our monkey mind can chime in with this universal brake-slammer. This smackdown keeps us small and hidden and dulls our light. It's a way to keep ...

Your Inner Critic Is a Loving Liar

A client and I were having a celebration on our call this week. She had accomplished a feat that, before, would have been nearly impossible because her inner critic ruled the roost. For years, she believed the lies: "You don't have anything of value to offer." "No one cares what you have to ...

Face Your Demon Head On

It's been a bit of a rough start to the New Year. Really, the challenges and stress started around the holidays, so I've been doing my best to navigate them for a few months now. I am someone who compartmentalizes -- something I think is a useful tool when dealing ...

What’s In Your Emotional Wardrobe?

I'm in the dressing room of a clothing store when I overhear a girl and her mother talking about back-to-school shopping. "That's a beautiful dress, Samantha*, but it might be a bit much for school." "Mom, if I feel pretty when I'm learning, I'll be more confident," says the girl, who I'd ...

As I Lose Weight, I Find Me

For the past nine months, I’ve been on a mission to take better care of my body, in addition to my mind and spirit. After successes and setbacks, I’ve learned quite a bit about myself and my relationship to food. Excess weight is a form of clutter with which many of ...

What If You’re Not Lazy?

Don’t you get tired of beating yourself up for not doing this or not doing that? Maybe you tell yourself that you need to get your act together, to stop being so lazy, or to have some damn willpower. If you were to dig into this emotional clutter, you might find ...

Silence the Inner Critic

s I look through the various shots I’ve taken of myself, the negative voices begin. “Look at all those wrinkles around your eyes.” “Holy dark circles!” “I wish my face was thinner.” “I can’t possibly post this to the group without editing it or using some creative filters.” During this month ...

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