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It Starts Inside: Understanding Your Inner Critic

What holds you back from achieving your dreams?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia. All opinions are 100% mine.

I like to think of myself as an ambitious person. I may not have the craziest or most unique ideas, but I have big dreams for myself and I think of new ways to make them happen every day. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, I think you’re probably also a dreamer and goal-getter. I write a lot about mindfulness and self-care, but I also love to throw in productivity and goal-related posts.

How often does your inner critic tell you that you can't do something? Let's take a look at the voice that holds us back from achieving our dreams.

The thing about goals, dreams, and ambitions is that sometimes things don’t always go to plan. When that happens, we either have to think outside of the box and create a new route. And then there are those times when things simply just don’t seem to work out and the best option is to let it go.

But more often than not, when it comes to our goals and ambitions, there’s something that tends to hold us back more than any other obstacle: our inner critic. You know, that voice that tells you you’re not good enough or that you’ll never be as successful as someone else.

Recently, Activia hosted inner voice interviews where they asked women to share some of their goals, and also what’s holding them back from accomplishing them. 80% of the time the answer was themselves. Watch the video below and see if you can relate to any of the women:

This video definitely hit home for me. There are times when I look at all of the things I’m doing and feel proud of what I’ve accomplished and where I’m headed, but there are other times when I simply want to give up. I think of all of the effort and sacrifice it might take to get to where I want to be, and I question whether I have the patience or determination to make it. I look at other people who are ahead of me and wonder if I’ll ever be that successful.

The inner voice interviews show me that this is something we all go through as women. We lift others up and support their dreams, but we struggle to do the same for ourselves.

That’s why Activia wants women to realize that within every one of us lies a great source of power. It’s about taking care of what’s inside to help find the positive inner voice within us all. I started The Blissful Mind because I wanted to share my journey to balance my mind, body, and soul in order to find joy and happiness in my life. In the same way, Activia believes that when your mind and body are fully aligned you harness your greatest potential (#itstartsinside).

Not only do the interviews show us that there is much to be done when it comes to our inner critic, it also gives us hope that we can start a conversation as women and work together to support each other and ourselves. Plus, Activia will be donating $250,000 to Girls Who Code to support the future generation of empowered women which I think is freaking awesome. Girl power, am I right?

I’d love to know what you think of the Inner Voice Interview video. How do you feel about your inner voice after watching it? Would you say it’s critical or supportive? Leave a comment down below and maybe even share the video with other women so we can bring more awareness to this topic!

P.S. Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing my tips for dealing with the inner critic soon!

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Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.


  1. This post resonated with me so much! We often are our own worst critics and it sucks! I heard a few of the women in the video say things like “I should be doing more” or “I shouldn’t even try.” I’ve recently been practicing stopping myself when I hear the words should or shouldn’t in my mind. Those words are always associated with what OTHER people want, not what I want. When I hear myself saying should or shouldn’t I remember that it means it’s not what I truly want. We all need to stop “should-ing” on ourselves ;)

    Ali (punchdrunksoul.com)

    1. Yes!!!! I am so aware of the word ‘should’ these days. Like, ‘I should go workout’ or ‘I should be eating healthier’ but I think we really need to pay attention to why we think we need to do these things. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, Ali!

  2. Someone said to me this weekend “It’s amazing how much I can get done when there’s no one on my back.” I thought how true that was about myself! I am so much more creative and productive when I just let. it. go. and stop criticizing myself.

    Thanks for this one, Catherine.
    Lily (lilylovesyou.com)

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