How Do You Tame Your Inner Critic?
I am my own worst critic. I know that much is true. According to me, nothing I do is good enough.
The Source of My Most Recent Uprising
Last Wednesday I was interviewed by Allie Osmar of The Creative Career, a blog that provides aspiring young Marketers and Communicators with insights into the evolving Creative industry.
During the interview, Allie spoke to me about my experiences emerging from university, working in marketing and my eventual evolution into an innerpreneur.
My First Podcast Interview about My Writing and Work
Before speaking with Allie, I’d never been interviewed for a podcast and I was worried about my ability to convey my ideas clearly (without being able to write and re-write them ad nausem).
After taping the interview with Allie, I was very disappointed in myself. All I could think of was how I could have said more, been more clear, not talked so fast, etc., etc., etc. I was certain I did a terrible job. I thought, I can’t bear to listen to it.
It’s Published – Going Against Mainstream Ideas of Success
This morning, Allie published my interview and the accompanying article, Going Against Mainstream Ideas of Success. It created anxiety in me to read and listen to it but once I did, surprisingly, I thought, “hmm…maybe I wasn’t so bad.” I feel much more confident today than I did the day we taped it.
Rearing Her Ugly Head Again
So, for now, my inner critic is momentarily silenced. But not really, because as I write this article, I start criticizing again. Just a moment ago, after reading over what I had wrote, I thought of erasing this article entirely.
I am not perfect, nor is my work. I need to accept that. Trouble is, I don’t know how. I know, in part, my ambition and perfectionism helped me to get where I am today but how do I ensure it continues to be a help not a hindrance in my work? What do you do to tame your inner critic?