A Tale of a HUGE Setback

Honey, I’m home! 

“For how long?”, Cindy asked.  

I said… Forever.

July 7 & 8, 2016 — Two days I will never forget.

We live at Eureka Lake in the Flint Hills of Kansas in the middle of the USA. 

We made the decision to move from Wichita, KS, the city we had lived and worked in for 30 years to live a calmer life at the lake for a few years. 

I (Charlie) worked for a major cable company in Wichita, but didn’t mind commuting back and forth for a year or so.

Our plan was for me to continue working for the next year and basically “bank” my sales income as part of our “retirement” nest egg. 

That said, we both are of the mindset that we will never retire. 

You see, we are both Life and Leadership Coaches, but my coaching was just a side hustle.

But, once I retired from Corporate America, I planned to build my Life and Leadership Coaching practice and have more freedom to...

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7 Tips on How to Break Free From Your Inner Critic

We all have an inner critic. That annoying, negative inner voice that judges, criticizes, and shames us for how we look, how we feel, what we think and what we do. It beats us up over our tiniest faults and our biggest mistakes. It may say things like, “You’re stupid,” “You’re going to fail,” “Who do you think you are?” “You’ll never… (lose that weight, get that job, find a soul mate).”

Though it may not feel like it, our inner critic doesn’t always mean to be malicious. Sometimes it’s just simply trying to help us avoid the pain of rejection, humiliation and isolation. The irony is, when we accept these negative messages it creates the very pain it’s trying to help us avoid.

Here’s a sample of the impact our negative inner critic has on our behavior. It contributes to our:

  • Procrastination
  • Self-doubt
  • Shame
  • Addictive behavior – substance abuse, eating when not hungry
  • Keeping super...
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