Be Your Own Best Critic

Posted on May 22, 2012

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I hear it all the time, “I’m my own worst critic.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately and it really is counter-productive.

Being your own “worst” critic serves no purpose. There’s no value in having a “worst” critic. A “worst” critic would be one that doesn’t give very good critiques. That doesn’t help anyone.

At the risk of putting myself out of business, try being your own “best critic” instead.

Listen to your own show regularly but work on taking the emotion — good and bad — out of the equation.

Don’t puff yourself up and just tell yourself how amazing you are because you can always be better at your craft. Look for places you can improve.

Don’t tell yourself how awful you are either. You must have some talent or you wouldn’t be where you are today. And when you hear things you can do better think of it as opportunity, not a reason to beat yourself up.

And, of course, if you listen and aren’t sure whether to pump yourself up or bring yourself down, hire me as your coach. I’ll do some of each; promise.

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