Be Aware of the Voices Inside Your Head!

It is time to discuss the last of the Big 4 energy blocks. If you’re not achieving what you want to, it’s most likely one of these four that’s keeping you stuck. We have looked at the veil of limiting beliefs – things that you accept about life, about yourself, about your world, or about the people in it, that limit you in some way; the veil of assumptions – expectations that, because something has happened in the past, it will happen again; and finally the veil of interpretations – opinions and judgments that you create about an event, situation, person, or experience and believe to be true.

It is now time to examine the last, but certainly not the least, of the big four energy blocks. The final block we’ll talk about – the voices inside your head – is the most difficult to overcome, because it’s the most personal and holds the most energy.

This barrier is your inner critic. You know that little voice in your head? That voice that tells you not to try, never to take a risk, always to take the safe road, and to compromise your life by playing small? That’s your inner critic, and the message from your inner critic warnings is that you’re just not good enough to reach the summit of success.

Regardless of any evidence to the contrary, your voices continue to whisper: “It ain’t gonna happen.” This debilitating message bubbles up in many forms: “I’m not smart enough, experienced enough, and attractive enough.” It all comes back to a simple and quite vicious block: “I’m just not good enough to cut it.”

Your inner critic’s message is highly personal. It is rooted deeply inside you and carries the most intense emotional charge of any of the blocks we’ve explored. It thrives on fear. When you hear its whispers, your motivation to try withers. You dread failing, feeling pain, and being embarrassed. You can even be scared of succeeding if the voice convinces you that you’ll fail eventually.

So what are some typical messages? Do you hear any of these statements from your own inner critic?

  • I’m not good enough.
  • I am not attractive enough
  • Who am I kidding, here?
  • I’m not smart enough to really do this job right.
  • I don’t deserve great success.
  • They are going to find out I am a phony.

Being aware of your inner critic is the first step towards lessening its power. Once you realize that your inner critic exists, give it an identity. Name it – and then, if you’d like, make it even more real by drawing it, sculpting it, or seeing it in your mind – whatever works for you. In doing this, you discover that your inner critic is only a part of who you are, not your whole identity. By seeing it in objective terms, you sap some of its strength. Letting go of your inner critic can be quite involved and is most effective when you are guided by a certified coach.

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