How do you silence your inner critic?
For my entire life, I have struggled with my own critic...you know the voice...it is the person that sounds like me, but says things that I would never accept from another person. For example, tonight I was driving home from the art store. Ever since I suffered a traumatic brain injury 10 months ago, I have been a budding artist. I shifted from being a left brain CEO to a right brain abstract expressionist. Within the last few days, my left brain has come on line in new ways...and with it has come a critic that says all sorts of terrible things. So, on the way home from the art store, I heard this voice in my head begin to logically suggest that "I should just get back to my job (which I'm not capable of doing at the moment). This art thing is stupid. I suck at it anyways." I would never allow someone else to speak to me in this manner, so I know that this voice is not my own. Call it what you will - old tapes, voices of people in my past, self doubt - I can say this...it may sound like my voice, but it isn't. It may be seductive at times to give in to the authoritative tone of the critic, but for me this is my path of destruction. I have had to learn to quiet my critic the hard way - by recovering from a TBI for the last 10 months with post concussive syndrome. I couldn't get out of bed for some time because my symptoms were so severe. Recovery has been SLOW. I don't want to learn this lesson again. How do I quiet it? I just say...SHHHHH..and continue on my path.