How to Silence Your Inner Critic in 3 Simple Steps
For a good number of people, their biggest critic tends to be themselves. In a society that values both humility and perfection, many people tend to think that whatever they do, they don’t do it well enough. If you are one of these people, then it’s time to finally put a stop to your inner critic.
These days, especially for the younger generation, many people seem to be a lot harder on themselves than they should be. With the tendency for oversharing on social media, it has become so easy to compare yourselves to the seemingly perfect lives of others and see yourself as subpar. This kind of thinking doesn’t only contribute to amping up your stress levels, it can also lead to a less happy and unsatisfying career.
Virtual assistant companies value excellent work from VAs, but not at the cost of pushing yourself too hard because you criticize yourself too much. If you want to secure more virtual assistant jobs, you have to keep your inner critic in check.
Check out these tips on how to silence your inner critic in 3 simple steps.
Train yourself to look at the positives.
It is an inherent trait among humans to see the fault in things. When you see a tiny dot on an otherwise blank sheet of white paper, you automatically zero in on that perceived imperfection and thereby miss the bigger picture. Whenever you notice this happening, you have to train your brain to think of a positive thing in return. In almost every situation, there will be a pro and a con, so make sure that you see both sides.
“With the tendency for oversharing on social media, it has become so easy to compare yourselves to the seemingly perfect lives of others and see yourself as subpar. This kind of thinking doesn’t only contribute to amping up your stress levels, it can also lead to a less happy and unsatisfying career.”
If you think that you’re always spending too much time on a task, also think of yourself as just being thorough. Just remember though that you have to strike that delicate balance between being positive and making excuses for bad habits.
Write your thoughts down.
If thinking of the positives doesn’t work well enough, you can always write them down. A list of pros and cons can really help you see if you’re being overly critical of yourself. By listing them down, you can see which ‘cons’ actually constitute as just you being nitpicky and which ones are valid concerns.
Share your thoughts with a supportive buddy.
Telling how you feel about yourself or your work to someone you know can help you feel better about it is incredibly helpful. Not only will you have a good sounding board who can tell you whether your critiques are valid or not, you will also feel a lot lighter when you share the load. The tricky thing is finding someone who actually listens to you because they care about what you have to say. But when you find someone who supports you and cheers you on when you’re being overly critical of yourself, you’ll definitely feel a lot lighter when you share your thoughts with them. Just make sure you’re ready to listen and offer your empathy when it’s their turn to share their thoughts!
In the cutthroat world of virtual assistance, it’s vital to keep your mental and emotional health intact. As much as you want to provide the best virtual assistant service, you have to remember not to be too competitive that you’re criticizing yourself for the simplest mistakes. Hopefully, the tips above can help you become a better, happier, and more successful VA.
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