Stop Self Criticism Exercise
Here's a way to find out what your own internal critic is doing to you.
Get a bit of paper and write down four things you want to be, things that you are trying be, and not getting.
Then write out an affirmation that includes all the things you want to achieve.
For example if you want to be making a living at hypnotherapy; and want to be a great hypnotist; and want to help people; and want to be famous at what you do; then write out an affirmation that goes something like this...
I am [your name].. I am a brilliant talented hypnotist, I am the best there is, I am going to become wealthy by helping other people.
Then write it out again, and again, over and over, about ten times.
And as you do, your mind will become bored by the repetitive task, and you will find a voice comes into your mind that starts sneering at you, or putting you down.... a great hypnotist... yeah... like you could ever become anything.... becoming wealthy..... yeah... this from someone who can't make it to the end of the week... Help others.... who are you to be helping anybody? ... and so on.
By doing this little exercise you can bring out your own inner critic so that you can examine it, what it is saying, what specific things it is focussing on...
And then you can use self hypnosis to meditate on one of the phrases. For example if you got 'like you could ever become anything' then you can focus on that one phrase, challenge it, ask for a memory, allow your mind to dredge up the original incident that is behind that self belief.
And once you have identified it, you can make a start on changing it.