10 Day Inner Critic Challenge (Day 7 & 8)
OK, we are onto Days 7 & 8. By now, you should be very aware of your inner critic and how often she presents herself daily. Hopefully, you are more aware and mindful of her intentions to seek pleasure, avoid pain and conserve energy.
By seeking pleasure I mean, sleeping in when you need to run or workout, craving sugar and flour when you are watching your weight, watching too much TV, too much shopping, too much drinking etc…
By avoiding pain I mean, pain of fear and anxiety, guilt and shame, doubt and rejection. She would rather you really didn’t put yourself out there emotionally, she means well.
Days 4, 5 & 6 were all about self-love. I know how hard it is to think of 100 things that you like and appreciate about yourself. I am sure that you were tempted to ask for help but this is about the love that you have for you! That exercise was be super-duper impactful for me and critical to support the next step in the challenge.
For Days 7 & 8:
What we are going to do is write positive affirmation statements that you can believe. In order to do this, take a look at your goals. Anticipate when your inner critic will appear and what she will say, refer back to your inner critic journal for help. She may have already had a few words for you earlier in the challenge. Write down your positive affirmation statements on something that you can carry with you. Read them every day right along with your goals.
This is so powerful!!!!
You are in the process of rewiring your brain. You are actually creating neural pathways. Neuroplasticity of the brain is amazing and you are changing it, purposefully to support your goals.
As a reminder, your positive affirmation statements are not lies or exaggerations. They must be truths that your brain will not reject. For example; you can use phrases like, “I am on the road to, or I am learning to or I am becoming…” verses phrases like “I am the best…”
Later, I am going to do a “Habits” challenge and we will further re-wire our brains but this is a fantastic place to start.
Now, go be a “Goal Digger!”