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DITCH YOUR INNER CRITIC


Five Practical Ways to Stop Beating Yourself Up so your Inner


Superstar is Free to Shine By Amy Ahlers


“If only I were thin enough, rich enough, better-looking...THEN I could stop being so hard on myself.” Have you ever had that thought? If only your circumstances were different you could then magically shift your internal dialogue into an empowering, nurturing, loving one, right? After more than a decade of coaching people from every walk of life, I finally got it: we are hard on ourselves despite our external circumstances.


We beat ourselves up for both the big things and for the tiniest imperfections. And all this punish- ment isn’t helping us become more successful or to feel more fulfilled or even to get more done.


And who can blame us for being so hard on ourselves? Women have a lot on their plates: careers, romance, kids, health . . . the list goes on and on. We’re supposed to bring home


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the bacon, fry it up in a pan, have incredible sex with our partners (never letting him forget he’s a man — that is, assuming he is a man), get the laundry and housework done, have healthy, accomplished kids,


to be as flexible as Gumby on muscle relaxers. But we’re only human.


What would happen if we gave ourselves a break?


Shifting your focus to your Inne always bring you in line with yo Compassion, and you will alwa


and a tight butt and perky boobs to boot. And it’s no easier for men. The demands of modern life make us feel like we’re supposed to enjoy being pulled in a million directions at the same time. And that we’re supposed


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First, it is vital that you identify the critical, catty, judgmental voice in your head as your very own Inner Critic. And I’ve got news for you: Your Inner Critic is a Big Fat Liar! She/he tells you Big Fat Lies to try


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