The most interesting story you will ever hear is the one you tell yourself. Story after story, we develop memories. Those memories are then either enhanced by our own narrative or brushed off as insignificant. And the war goes on.
The inner critic is most likely a result of outside influences. It reveals itself as change approaches, insights are nigh, and success is within reach.
In order to quiet the inner critic and slow down the mind chatter, you must first ignore the naysayers, and second, compare your achievements to only yourself and not to others. Seek to add value. Seek to constantly and continually improve. Seek to become a master of your mind.
Try not thinking about anything for a minute. Be okay with silence. When you do think, accentuate the positive. Optimism is hard, but it’s worth it.
There is a reason why we are usually our first and only obstacles. A mind is a powerful place where dreams are built or destroyed. Now that you know what a formidable ally or foe it can be, what are you going to do about it?