How to Succeed Without your Inner Critic


Many of us have an inner voice that is telling us we’re not enough – be that clever enough, successful enough, attractive enough. For some of us, it is so familiar that we believe it’s part of our very fabric and we wouldn’t achieve anything without it.

As such, we rely on it to motivate us and drive us forward but that creates a huge amount of pressure and stress, which can actually erode our capacity to perform at our best. Failure is terrifying because we take that to mean something bad about our sense of self – our identity.

This session will introduce the idea that there are other ways to motivate yourself which can mean you enjoy your work more and can perform at an even higher level whilst reducing anxiety, stress and the risk of burnout.

Learning objectives

By the end of this taster session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what an inner critic is
  • Recognise the three ways it manifests
  • Reflect on where it comes from and why we have it
  • Apply a number of different ways to work with it so that overtime you change your relationship with it
  • Recognise alternative helpful strategies to motivate yourself to perform at your peak

Length of session: 1 hour

Number of delegates: up to 100 webinar. This will be a talk with questions at the end.

Who else has run it?

The Southampton Institute ran it in June 2020. It sold out and the comments are included below:

  • “An interesting event and quite thought provoking. I’ll be requesting a copy of the slides and the resource list so I can spend some more time on this.”
  • “the presenter was very good and I found it helpful”
  • “Extremely useful and relevant – thank you!”
  • “It was an excellent event, thank you”
  • “Excellent presentation which worked particularly well online- given the questions generated.”
  • “Very interesting and though provoking”
  • “Very informative and interesting event.”
  • “Great presentation. Nice to shift the focus to personal wellbeing rather than a technical subject. All part of a really well considered and balanced programme of topics – thank you!”
  • “I found it very informative and thought provoking.”


Motem offers a wide range of confidence training programmes. If you’re interested in Motem’s How to Succeed without your Inner Critic course, why not get in touch?

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