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Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson
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Nov 17, 12

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Read in November, 2012

Your Gremlin is your unique inner critique that belittles you, fills you with fear and prevents you from being your best. It fills your head with self limiting generalizations about what life holds for you, wastes time by reliving the past and fearing the future and tricks you into believing it is there to protect you. Its sole purpose is to make you miserable.

The author provides a number of examples of how our gremlins manifest themselves and also gives some pointers on how to identify your own. He provides three steps for ignoring your gremlin:
Simply noticing
Choosing and playing with options
Being in process

Fighting your gremlin gives it more attention than it deserves and only gets you stuck in its muck. Instead of battling it, simply notice it and recognize it for what it is.

Choose not to listen to your critic. "To be at choice from situation to situation and from moment to moment is vitally important in taming your gremlin." The author provides detailed descriptions of the options for banishing your gremlin which include:
Breathe and experience
Change for a change
Accenting the obvious
Imagine
Revisit and re-decide

You never get rid of your inner critic so watching for its attempts to undermine your growth is a lifelong process. It will morph over time as it tries to reclaim what it once had control over; you.
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