Like a lot of people, I have a voice in my head critiquing everything I do. For writers the voice is sometimes furious in telling us we don't match up, we write crap. It's a constant battle to put the fingers to the keyboard and block out this voice. If you try to ignore it, it gets louder and louder until you have to beat it down.
Even if you are not a writer, there may times when the annoying whinny voice is shouting at you. I follow a blog by Kristen Lamb. One of her blogs is to step out of your comfort zone. She states if you feel uncomfortable, you are heading in the right direction. We must be headed in the right direction when our inner critic is screaming in our ears. If we are only hearing silence we might be too comfortable and need to change directions.
Embrace your inner critic but don't let it rule you. When I get that tightening in my stomach, I tell myself to keep going. Someday it will lead us to great things. If nothing else I'll end up with a finish product to submit to my editor.
What is your inner critic telling you? Do you keep it quiet or do you let it push you forward?