Is Your Inner Critic Being a B*$ch about Spring?

Now that it’s Spring, we’re putting away our winter coats. The daffodils are out, the sun is shining, and the days are longer. Many of us feel the pull to spend more time outside, clear away the cutter in our homes, or maybe take on a new eating or exercise routine.

For others, the change of the season is just another reason for their Inner Critic to hyper-focus on what is missing in their life. The newness of Spring is another reminder that someone else is happier. (And if you need proof, just take a look at your Instagram feed!)

When it feels like life is better for your Facebook friends on the beach for Spring break, your Inner Critic is jumping straight into the “shoulding”. She’s saying, “It’s Spring. Everyone loves Spring. You should too. You’re supposed to be happy! Everyone else is!”

Does any of this sound familiar? You’re not alone.

Here’s the thing: When your Inner Critic is triggered by the newness of Spring, it’s a sign you need to examine what is keeping you stuck in a rut. You need to break the predictable pattern of spinning in place by acknowledging it’s the message of your Inner Critic keeping you stuck. When you constantly compare yourself to others, feel sorry for yourself, or keep trying to figure out what’s wrong with you, nothing will EVER change.

If you don’t take action, you’ll never take the risks needed to change for the better. Here’s what we mean:

  • If you don’t ask for a raise (no action), you won’t risk being told you’re not doing a good enough job at work to deserve the raise (no risk) and you won’t get a raise (no change).  
  • If you don’t make a decision to leave a dysfunctional relationship (no action), you won’t have to worry about whether you made the “wrong” decision (no risk) and you will continue to get what you’ve been getting in that relationship (no change).
  • If you don’t lose the weight (no action), you get to hold onto a layer of protection, keep people at a distance and stay more “invisible”.  If you keep these walls up, no one can ever see you fully (no risk) and you remain unhealthy and frustrated with your body (no change).

Pretty uninspiring huh?  But the truth is that we have yet to meet a client who willingly chooses to stay stuck once they have distinguished the automatic, predictable pattern of their Inner Critic.  

So, what’s a person to do?  YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE!   

This means letting yourself feel fear, unpredictability, excitement, and discomfort so you can take the action anyway with your eye on your highest commitment, to grow, change, evolve. When you stop taking cues from your Inner Critic and actively pursue discomfort, breakthroughs happen.

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