Differentiating Between The Inner Critic And Inner Bully

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Difference between Inner Bully and Inner Critic
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Over the last couple of days, you’ve understood how to identify and keep at bay your Inner Bully. In your mind, however, there is another character, who you may mistake as a bully. This character – let’s call it the Inner Critic, is not a bully at all. It’s your inner voice that tells you how you could have done something better or what currently lacks in your creation.
It isn’t very difficult differentiating between your Inner Critic and Inner Bully

Let’s get to know the Inner Critic

Your Inner Critic is a more stronger version of your creative personality. It recognises your creativity, your strengths and weaknesses and how you can optimise your resources to do better.

When you think about ideas for your next project, your Inner Critic is on the look too. It makes sure you pick up something true to your potential. It even warns you off stuff that isn’t worth your time. Your Inner Critic is very sensitive to the kind of work you create and is always setting higher benchmarks for you to achieve.

Difference Between A Bully And A Critic
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How do I tell the difference between my critic and bully?

The most basic way to tell the difference between your inner critic and bully is how they communicate with you. Is the tone negative and angry? Is it trying to communicate that you are not good enough or your work doesn’t matter?
This is definitely your Inner Bully.

The Inner Critic on the other hand is more concerned if your work reflects your true potential. He will ask you questions like – can we add something to this creation? Is this the best you can do?

It is always looking at taking your work to the next level and calling you out for being lazy or not putting in your best effort. It is important for you to listen to your Inner Critic. It will help you understand your potential and also your weaknesses. Listening to your Inner Critic also sets you up to putting out the best work you can produce at the time.
It is also important to feed your Inner Critic.
You can do this by constantly taking up new challenges and trying new approaches to create your work. You can also keep a constant check on your progress and ask yourself if your project is fulfilling its purpose.

For example, when you are writing an article. Your first step is to research about the stuff that has already been written. Once you sit down to write the article, it is important to keep a check on yourself that not only are you communicating what you want to but you are also levelling up in terms of creation. It is important to understand where your work stands in the sea of many many other creations. Does it have something different to offer to its readers?
This week, try to have more conversations with your Inner Critic. Ask it important questions like –
– How can you improve the work you are currently doing?
– How can you create a better impact with your skill?
– How do you optimize the resources you already have?

When you have all these noted, make the necessary improvements. Trust in the judgement of your Inner Critic and work towards making the best version of your work.

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