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Day 16 – Try a Social Media Fast to Boost Self-Confidence and Banish Your Inner Critic

Social media can be awesome. Catching up with friends and family, seeing photos of their vacations, and reading about their milestones in life can be fun and exciting. Unfortunately, it can also come with some negative effects, including lowering your self-confidence. It’s so easy to unfairly compare yourself to others and let your inner critic …

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Day 15 – Get a Second Opinion About Those Critical Thoughts

Your inner critic gains a great deal of its strength specifically because of the fact that it’s internal. These are the messages you’re giving yourself, and sometimes your view can be skewed. It’s hard to see the best in ourselves, especially when our negative self-talk doesn’t ever seem to let up. That’s when it might …

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Day 14 – Don’t Let Your Inner Critic Compare You to Others

Your inner critic can be fueled by a number of sources, both internal and external. Such negativity doesn’t need much of a spark in order to rage out of control. Comparison to others is one trigger that can cause insecurity and negativity to spiral. Perhaps such comparisons are a problem for you, too. Looking outside …

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Day 13 – Silence Your Inner Critic by Staying Busy and Making Progress

Your inner critic is loud. That internal voice sure can tend to drown out every other message you send yourself or receive from those around you. During this challenge, we’ve discussed several ways to quiet your negative self-talk. It’s my belief that the more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely it is …

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Day 12 – Boost Your Confidence by Exploring What You’ve Already Accomplished

When your inner critic beats you down over and over again with negative messages or when life throws you multiple curveballs, it’s easy to lose faith in your abilities. You may feel like you can’t do anything right or that you don’t have the competency to succeed. It’s hard to overcome this mindset when you’ve …

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Day 11 – Stop, Drop, and Roll – Don’t Allow Negative Thoughts to Spiral Out of Control

You now know that self-criticism can easily become a habit that feeds upon itself. Once you start telling yourself negative things, it’s hard to stop. Fortunately, as I’ve shared in previous posts, there are a number of ways to recognize and counter the mean things you tell yourself. Today, I’d like to teach you another …

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Day 9 – The Importance of Paying Attention to Your Inner Dialogue

As you’ve learned so far, your inner critic can really hold you back. Once you start to internalize the messages your fear and doubt give you, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of avoiding anything that seems too difficult or scary. You truly can break this pattern. The key lies in learning to manage …

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Day 8 – Refuting Critical Thoughts by Imaging the Worst-Case Scenario

Your inner critic can be more than a pain. As we’ve discovered along our journey so far, this internal dialogue can stop you in your tracks. It often holds you back from the things you most desire. It preys upon your most terrible fears in hopes that you’ll be too insecure to move forward. But …

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Day 7 – Write Down and Examine Your Most Critical Thoughts

Getting a handle on your inner critic involves awareness, confidence, and planning. Once you become aware of your patterns of negative self-thought, you can work to turn that thinking around to something more useful. You’ll then feel better about yourself, and your confidence is likely to soar once you’re able to let go of all …

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