Quiet Your Inner Critic

You know about the power of positive thinking. You know you should do more of that. If only you could make that miserable cow in your head pipe down…

Quiet Your Inner Critic

Well, instead of listening to that negative voice in your head that criticizes, casts doubt and derails your creativity – why not use a simple structure to fight back?

  • A structure is anything that reminds us of our intentions and that inspires us to take action. In coaching we often use structures to stay focused and enforce healthy new habits, such as:
  • A golden goose figurine on your desk that reminds you to take care of yourself
  • A chair pushed against the door in the morning reminds you to slow down
  • An iPhone alarm of your favorite dance tune reminds you to get active
  • A daily email cartoon reminds you to find laughter in each day

One reason structures work is because they interrupt our automatic mind-flow and grab our attention. In fact, the more outrageous they are, the more likely they are to wake us up from the semiconscious (and often negative) way we often plod through our days.

Thought Spots

One of my favorite structures is a genius (and Canadian!) product called Thought Spots™. I discovered these a while back and, since then, they’ve become my go-to gift for clients, friends, and family members. They are beautiful mess-free messages that stick to smooth surfaces for a daily dose of inspiration.

I am strongYou can get a single Big Thought – for example, “Choose Happiness” or, “Be Present” – or you can get a 12 pack around a whole theme like motivation, relationships, or self-esteem. There’s even a pack geared toward children, featuring essential reminders like, “Brush your teeth” and “Share & Play Fair”

I want you to be wildly successful in your career. But allowing the best of yourself to show up often requires quieting your inner critic. Thought Spots are a fun way to contribute to your success.

Check out Thought Spots here. And let me be clear: I get no kick-backs, no commission, no affiliate income of any kind from this. I just want to share cool things with you.


Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

2 Responses to “Quiet Your Inner Critic

  • Ellyn Nash
    4 years ago

    Thanks for this! The ‘negative voice’ in my head has indeed been casting a lot of doubt in me about my choices and decisions lately. Your article reminds me of another one that I just read.
    It also has useful tools to help to combat this process.

    • I think we’re all victims of this ‘negative voice’ sometimes, Ellyn. 😉 Whether that’s self-criticism or fears I try to remember a quote I once read: “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They are not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” Keep working at it!