We all have that critical voice in our head. It’s the inner critic. It speaks to us when self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty rise up to make themselves known.
Many artists take that voice seriously. So much so that they give it a megaphone and turn up the volume, which leads to inaction and stagnation.
Here’s the best remedy …
Give your inner critic a ridiculous, cartoon voice. Turn it into a silly character. Give it a zany name.
Imagine those negative thoughts being delivered by a unicorn named Butch, a three-year-old child, or a talking whoopee cushion.
Make it so that you can’t possibly take that voice and its message seriously.
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The critical voices in our own heads are far more vicious than what we might hear from the outside. Our “inside critics” have intimate knowledge of us and can zero in on our weakest spots.
You might be told by the critics that you’re too fat, too old, too young, not intelligent enough, a quitter, not logical, prone to try too many things … It’s all balderdash!
Some elements of these may be true, and it’s completely up to you how they affect you. Inside critics are really just trying to protect you. You can:
Learn to dialogue with them.
Give them new jobs.
Turn them into allies.
You can also dismantle/exterminate them.
-S.A.R.K., Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit