Take A Stand For Yourself And Write Your Book

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There comes a time in life where you shut up your inner critic and take a stand for yourself.

And my break out moment happened in September 2015 when I published my book The Golden Resume.

That date marks a milestone, where I took a stand for myself and my future. And it led to me having 3 Amazon bestselling books under my name, becoming a full-time entrepreneur, and teaching thousands of people how to live a successful life.

Maybe none of that happens if I don’t shut up my inner critic. (That’s a scary thought.)

And if you’re like 81% of Americans who say they want to write a book, but haven’t, it’s time you take a stand for yourself to do it.

Why haven’t you yet? If I had to bet, I’m confident the reason you haven’t written your book comes down to one demon: your inner critic.

The critic is the devil who whispers:

What if you fail?

What if you never finish writing your book?

What if no one reads your book?

What if you’re publicly embarrassed?

Will you ever get over it and recover from this disaster?

Will you become eternally depressed?

Your inner critic can be a real jerk if you give it enough power over your thoughts.

That’s exactly why you need to silence it when it starts talking. Here’s a solution you’re going to love to silence your doubts and start making your dreams a reality.

How To Silence Your Inner Critic

Whether you’re 20, 40, 60, or older, you’ve spent decades letting the inner critic get the best of you.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is you can—and will—change if you’re committed to your own happiness and success.

And I’ve found the best way to defend yourself against the inner critic’s questions is to go on the offensive and reply back.

Specifically, respond with these five answers next time your inner critic tries to get in your way

1. So what?

This first response takes away the power of the inner critic who loves to make you worried. If you say, “So what?” then you lessen it’s effect over you.

And often times, this response is right on the money because research found that 85% of things you worry about never actually happen.

2. Who cares?

The doubting voice thrives on you caring about what it has to say. When you say you don’t care about their negative opinions, you suck the life out of it.

For example, “Who cares if someone leaves a one-star review of my book?”

This response also works if your family, friends, or strangers question your desire to write a book. Saying this reminds you that no one’s opinion owns you.

3. Big deal!

Now you’re just piling on the inner critic by saying, “Big deal!”

You’re telling them straight that their thoughts and opinion don’t bother you.

Nothing they say can get in your way. You’re a man or a woman on a mission.

4. Why not?

You continue to question the inner critic by asking, “Why not me,” and “Why can’t I write this book?”

The clear answer is that you can, which puts the inner critic on the defensive and powerless.

This is the same reason why professional and college sports teams have adopted the “why not us” motto to inspire their team that they can win the championship. Anyone who works hard can do anything.

5. What if it doesn’t matter if I am _____ or not?

Saying, “What if it doesn’t matter if I am good enough to write a book or not?” empowers you to actually write the book.

And if you’re not the best writer, then it may surprise you to learn that’s not even a problem. You will hire an editor to help polish your writing for clarity, organization, grammar, and spelling.

Use those five responses when you start writing your book and in all areas of life (eating healthy, going to the gym, overcoming rejection at work, etc.).

If you’re consistent in defeating the inner critic with these responses, then you’ll be unstoppable on your journey to writing your book and accomplishing a major item on your bucket list.

(These inner critic responses originally appeared on the Tiny Buddha.)

Take A Stand For Yourself

Routines are sometimes good, like when your routine to floss and brush your teeth in the morning, but a lot of times our routines put us in a rut.

We drive the same way to work. We eat the same foods for lunch. And we watch the same shows after work.

That’s a routine, but is it an exciting and empowered way to live? Not at all.

I challenge you to stop doing what you’re supposed to, and start doing what you want to.

And the first act of rebellion against your inner critic is to write the book you’ve always wanted to.

Need help? Read this guide How To Write A Book.

Or if you’re the type of person who benefits from having someone help them along the way, consider working with me through author coaching.

Related: Why “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” Is Misleading

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