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Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

Although we all have an inner critic, it is our relationship with that inner critic that can either help or hinder confidence.

As Psychotherapist Bryan Robinson writes, the Critic’s job is to point out your failures. You can’t get rid of the Critic, but you can develop a relationship with it.

Consider this visual exercise to do just that: The next time Critic blinks in your mind like a neon sign, think of it as a part of you, not all of you. Listening to it as a separate part, instead of as you, gives you the distance from it and keeps you from attacking yourself.

Once you hear Critic as a part instead of as you, there’s room for Confidence — that nurturing and encouraging voice, cheering you on with goodhearted affirmations like a best friend would. Start giving Confidence equal time, letting it acknowledge your accomplishments and positive qualities. You might imagine Confidence sitting across from you in a chair, as you listen to what it has to say.

The more you watch Critic from afar — without getting frustrated or trying to get rid of it — the easier it will be for Confidence to show up and give you a friendly hand.

Want to read more lifestyle tips from Robinson? Have a look right here.

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