How to Put Down That Self-Critical Voice

I like this article because it speacks directly to what we are talking about in our section Habitat for Your Humanity. There is never just one way to get there and the more inforamtion you have the better!! Knowledge is power!!! so get powerful.

Robert Leahy, Ph.D.Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City

A day doesn’t go by that you don’t hear that nasty, contemptuous, nagging voice saying, “You can’t do anything right. You’re a loser. You’re not good enough.” Then you notice that voice is your voice. You are your own worst enemy.

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you?

I just keep making mistakes.

Nothing I do works out.

It’s all my fault.

Other people are smarter, more interesting, more attractive.

My life just seems like one failure after another.

I’m an idiot, a loser, a fake.

If any of this sounds like you talking to you, you’re not alone. Millions of us find ourselves battling a self-critic that we can never get away from. It makes you feel sad, hopeless and helpless. It makes you feel stuck in regret. You dwell on all of your past mistakes and think the future will be even worse. You can never get away from your own worst enemy: yourself.

Well, the good news is that you can defeat your self-critic and take back your life. You can stand up and put down the voice that puts you down. Here are five steps for answering the voice within you that has made you feel so bad.
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