‘Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”–Mark Twain

I am so happy and grateful to be where I am today in my life. It is amazing what age and experience can do for your self esteem. There was a time in my life when I did not have the strongest sense of self and would criticize myself when things didn’t go as I had planned. Rather than look at the positive side, I would find fault with my decisions and end up in a downward spiral of unhealthy choices. Time marched on and as I entered my forties and then my fifties, I realized that all of my choices had provided a blueprint for my life path. My path had been up and down but with the development of my inner coach, my life choices now led me to a life of purpose, happiness and fulfillment. I have shut off my inner critic. I find that I have no use for her anymore. She does not serve the journey that I have enfolding these days. You can also shut off your inner critic when you choose to embrace the whole story. Rather then respond only to the anger and the fear, add the requests and the love. Allow your self talk to acknowledge that you are angry and fearful about something. But, include the request to yourself for a better choice and tell yourself how much you love you. When you have taken the time to include all four points, the inner critic will disappear. Here is to a life of love and joy.