There have been MANY times in my life when my inner critic was running the show....sometimes, she still tries to sneak back on the scene.
Nowadays, I know her all to well to let her convince me that I am anything short of amazing. My inner critic is the voice of 12 year old Abby who fears rejection. She's the voice of a judgmental elder who just doesn't get "you millenials." She's the whisper of social media timelines comparing my life to the next person's.
Our inner critics job is to keep us safe and comfortable. What happens when we listen to the chatter is we stay smaller than our potential. We measure ourselves up against others standards. We give in to the fear of the unknown and stay right inside our comfort zones where it is predictable.
While there is seriously NOTHING wrong with an ordinary life, I have noticed that after a while of the comfort and predictability, I tend to itch for adventure. I begin to crave risk and reward. My mind starts to race with ideas and projects that excite me.
I have learned to honor my insatiable drive to create. I have come to understand and accept that what I used to confuse for anxiety was my heart yearning to be sprinting in life. It had been as if my engine was just always rumbling at the starting line anticipating the wave of the race flag.
Once I put the pedal to the metal, there's been no reverse. I am moving faster than the speed of sound and my inner chatter keeps fading into the distance. Sometimes, I stop to refuel and rotate the tires and she catches up with me but only in enough time for me to get back on the track.
This is the smirk I wear when I have got both hands on the wheel of life and I know my destination. I get to enjoy the ride as I cover ground towards my biggest dreams.
YOU have big dreams too.
They rumble inside of you.
They call you forth as attempt to stay at the gate or mingle with the pit crew.
Something to understand is the engine never stops.
Staying in neutral or park just runs out the gas.
You only get one ride, folks.
I invite you to smirk in the face of your inner critic as you thank him/her for the love and protection and move forward powerfully. The chatter will always be there. It just doesn't have to stop you from living life full throttle.
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