Tell your inner critic to F*CK OFF!
Who are you? What do you want to be? What do you want to do? How do you want to change the world? Around this time when the year is still kind of new and fresh, these questions often ring blaringly in your head. You think of all of the things you want to accomplish, you write them down, outline your goals and how you intend to upgrade your life and the lives of those around you. Then “it” comes. That sinister malevolent whisper known as the “inner critic” that immediately comes to destroy your plans. It starts running down a litany of false charges against you making you think you can’t do whatever it is you want to do. Let’s run down some of these “charges”:
- You’re too old/young
- It’s too late
- No one is interested in what you have to offer
- You don’t have a degree
- You don’t know what you’re doing/you’ve never done this before
- Not talented enough
- It’ll never work
- Who do you think you are trying to do this?
Do any of the above sound familiar? Of course they do. Anyone who has tried to do anything worth doing has heard at least two or more of these. So what do you do when that toxic talker invades your productive space and starts to run its mouth? You tell it to f*ck off that’s what! Not to sound cliche and corny because this has been said a billion times before, the world needs whatever goodness you have to offer. Whatever gift you have whether it’s singing, writing, break dancing, origami or walking on your hands five feet at a time. Whatever your thing is you need to share it and share it often!
I came across an article regarding this and it gives seven steps to stop second guessing yourself. My favorite step is to “give yourself the title”. Say who you are and what you do and stand by it. If you’re a writer, say you’re a writer! If you like walking dogs, say you’re the best dog walker in your town! Even if you’re doing it on a small scale, you still have the right to claim that title. And don’t dumb it down by adding “aspiring” to your title. That’s a crutch to keep you from actually DOING. You can aspire yourself right to your grave, and who wants that? So what do you want to do? How do you want to change the world? And who are you to do that? You’re a winner winning at this thing that’s who! So with that, go tell that inner critic to f*ck off then do the dab courtesy of Cam Newton.