"If you hear a voice within you say:
'You cannot paint'
then by all means paint,
and that voice will be silenced."
- Vincent Van Gogh
Change "paint" to "draw," "sing," "wear that outfit," "do that for a living," "say what you really feel," "be your true self," or "_____________" (fill in the blank).
There you have it, the voice of your Inner Critic. Trying to control you and keep you in line with meanness and negativity.
I used to hear this voice and believe the things it said to me.
Things like "you're not good enough," "you can't do this," "you should stop," "you didn't do that very well" etc.
No one had ever told me that hearing this voice is a normal part of the everyday human experience, and that you just need to keep going in spite of it.
As a result, I didn't make art or do what I loved for nearly 15 years.
Because I wasn't doing what I loved, and because I believed I was unworthy of doing what I loved, I went into a downward spiral of depression, anxiety, illness, addictions and abusive relationships.
Needless to say, listening to this voice, and believing it, led to a life of misery.
Now I do what I love and I don't let that voice stop me.
What the Master, Vincent Van Gogh, said is true.
Ignore the voice that tells you you can't do it, and do it anyway.
Eventually the voice of the Inner Critic will fade away, leaving you in peace, doing what you love to do.