When Your Inner Critic Takes Center Stage

Oh, inner critic. How do we keep you from stealing the show?
Christi Hegstad October 3rd, 2020
When our results fall short of our expectations, the inner critic finds an opening and steps on stage.
– BJ Fogg
When I saw the above line in Fogg’s book, I immediately got a picture in my mind that looked something like this:
I’m standing on stage, feeling nervous but purposeful, about to share something important to me.
I mess up.
Within nanoseconds, my ‘inner critic’ jumps onto center stage, arms up in a V formation, yelling, “TA-DA! Look at ME!”
Do you ever feel like your inner critic hovers nearby, saying things like, “You should be farther along than this!” or “Seriously? That’s the best you could do?” or “It’s much too difficult – don’t even bother!”?
This week, reclaim center stage in your own life.
After picturing that scene, I envisioned myself grabbing one of those large vaudeville-type hooks and gently pulling my inner critic off of the stage.
I took a deep breath, then recalled a few successes from my past.
I reminded myself of my ‘why’ – my purpose.
And I stepped back on stage and tried again.
Don’t let your inner critic become the star of the show. We’d much rather see YOU out there, shining your light!
Christi Hegstad, PhD, PCC is the Certified Executive + Personal Coach for Achievers, here to help you bring your purpose to work, leadership, and life! Reach out today to learn more.

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