1. Your new book, Tame Your Inner Critic,
is about taming the negative inner voice so many of us have so that we
can live our lives with passion and purpose. What inspired you to
write Tame Your Inner Critic?
A lot of my client work centers around
helping people get over issues of unworthiness and self-deprecation. I
wanted to spend our time together developing goals, helping them
uncover their life purpose, and appreciating the gift they are meant to
share with the world. And we did that—but first we had to work on
So I wrote this book on taming the inner
critic. The book includes over forty exercises and meditations designed
to help the reader weed out the critical voices, the harsh words, that
destroy self-worth, allowing their internal wisdom to shine through.
Through this process they come to understand their true purpose in
life, finding ways to share their unique gift with the world.
2. Why is quieting our
inner, personal judgments and doubts so critical to being able to live
a happy, meaningful life?
I believe that the inner critic is a mash
up of all the thoughts, feelings, criticisms, and judgments we've
picked up from the people in our lives and accepted as our own truth.
It's difficult to hear our true wisdom among the cacophony of these
It calls to my mind the image of walking
in dense fog, surrounded by this thick vapor, preventing you from
seeing the road in front of you. Some of this mist sticks to your
clothes leaving you feeling a bit soggy and wet.
Thoughts are just like this foggy mist.
The thoughts and feelings of others can be so thick that you can feel
them. And they are sticky, just like the mist. We become covered with
thoughts and feelings that we've unconsciously picked up and stored
away in our body and the energetic space surrounding us.
Soon we can't hear our true
wisdom—thoughts that originate within us—from the stray thoughts that
we've picked up as we've intermingled with our friend and neighbors.
Living a life full of purpose and meaning–your own purpose and
meaning–can be pretty difficult if we are covered in a mist of other
people's thoughts and feeling.
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