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5 Ways To Overcome The Inner Critic - SAGAR

Are you looking for ways to overcome your self-doubt and be more confident?

We often hear the voice of the inner critic in our head that pulls us down. It is the voice that is forever critical about the things we do and don't do. Self-analysis is important, giving too much reign to this inner critic can take away positive energy and be detrimental to our self-confidence.

Here is a 5-point strategy (acronym SAGAR) that would help all of us navigate a strong inner critic.

SAGAR is an easy way to remember the 5 steps and each letter stands for a different tactic.

Once you incorporate it into your life, you will become more aware of your inner voice. And, next time your inner critic attacks you, you will be able to steer through. This in turn will lead you to feel more self-confident.

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1. S: Self-love and care

I remember there was somebody once who came to me in my workshop and said, can you tell me what self-love is? And, I don't think I had a very good answer at that time, but today I understand what it means.

SELF LOVE is really about nourishing yourself, and choosing to talk to yourself like you are your best friend. And, not to talk down to yourself.

"Oh, I'm so dumb! I'm such an idiot!" – Does this sound familiar? Sometimes we curse ourselves for small silly mistakes.

So some ways to bring self-love and self-care into our life would include:

  • No self-deprecating talk. Talk to yourself with respect, even inside the head.

  • Pay attention to your own needs and do not put yourself last. Only when we are nourished and full, can we serve others. As they say, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

  • Set boundaries and take a stand for yourself. If you won’t do it, no one else will

  • Invest in your growth and development. Set us time to learn skills or build knowledge in the areas of your interest.

2. A: Awareness of strengths