Silencing your inner critic

Unfortunately, most of us will have experienced those nagging thoughts that tell us we’re not good enough at some point. Whether it’s a new job opportunity, a daring outfit or responding to a compliment – we can find ourselves tainted by these horrible thoughts of self-doubt.

When I started a new job at my dream organisation last year, despite landing an incredible opportunity, it took me a while to actually allow myself to believe that I deserved it. Fast-forward to now, I have secured a more senior position and I am half way through studying a masters degree.

This isn’t to say that I still don’t get periods of self-doubt at work, especially when faced with challenging projects. However, I’ve started to learn how to manage these, and how to turn my insecurities into my motivations. I think these learnings have really helped when finding the confidence to start up my blog again, and so I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts with you.

Focus on your strengths

If we’re presented with a challenge, it can be easy to focus on the reasons why we can’t accomplish it. Now, instead of reeling off all the reasons I can’t do something, I jot down my achievements and remind myself of my capabilities instead of limitations.

Remember it’s not personal

It’s human nature to stay away from danger, but recognising these instincts can help you to overcome your fears and insecurities. When I get an overwhelming sense of self-doubt, I take a moment to remind myself that it’s completely natural; however, it’s up to me to choose how I react it. I am in control of my response, so I make a conscious effort to counter feelings of negativity with positive affirmations.

I always love to hear your thoughts, so if you have your own tips on how to silence your inner-critic, drop them in the comment box below.

S x

Outfit details

Dress – Anne Louise Boutique *gifted*

White Knee Length Boots – Zara

Bag – Topshop

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