How many times have you attempted to try something new only to be defeated by the inner voice that tells you, “You are never good enough?” There might be some instances when you are trying to fight your inner critic, but the problem is, this inner critic always wins.
You try to be brave and to act like a winner, but this inner critic always deters you from stepping out of your comfort zone. You are filled with apprehension and you tried to fight them, but you become defenseless.
While you may feel inferior when comparing yourself with others, being grateful for what you have will help you see the other side of life that is brighter and much better.
It is indeed true that you can be your own worst critic, but that does not mean you cannot do anything about it with these mental habits:
Habit #1: Be grateful for what you’ve got
Like the famous Sheryl Crow line goes: “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”
When you’re focused on what you don’t have or what you’re not achieving, you discount your past success.
If you’re constantly telling yourself that you’ll be good enough once you reach a certain career milestone or have a certain amount of money in your bank account, you will fail to enjoy the path that you’re currently on. You’re essentially “living in the future.”
Being grateful for your current situation, no matter what state it is in will make you feel more comfortable with yourself. Beyond that, gratitude has also been reported to strengthen immune systems, lower blood pressure, and increase levels of positive emotions in people.
It may sound cheesy, but I like to start my day with a short meditation focusing on gratitude. The reason that I’ve made this meditation a habit is because it achieves two important things: having gratitude and presence.
Easy 3-Step Meditative Practice:
- Gratitude for the people in my life– this keeps me grounded and reminds me of all the supportive people in my life
- Gratitude for the small stuff– I then like to think about minor things that make me happy or that I take for granted. Things like the birds chirping outside my window, running water, food and shelter, even silly things like my favorite TV shows!
- Gratitude for the big stuff– I also like to think about the endless opportunities in life that I have access to, like hobbies I’m passionate about, volunteer activities and other cool things I can live and learn from! Other things I may take for granted such as freedom and health are important things to be grateful for every single day.
You can use this same practice and tweak it to your own life. It will help focus your mind on the what you should be grateful for and it will bring you back into the now!