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Inner Critic Inner Success: Claiming Your Success While Taming the Critics

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Inner Critic Inner Success straddles the worlds of business and self-help in a way that’s bursting with smarts yet full of soul. It’s about finding the sweet spot in life where you can hold both success and doubt in a way that feels meaningful, actionable and spacious — versus stressful, stuck and painful. The book was born out of Stacey's own story and the stories of many of her coaching clients who struggle and continually work to tame their inner critics.

Some of us wrestle with the Comparer, others of us struggle with feeling like a Fraud, while others face off against the Perfectionist. Stacey has found that many successful people bump up against these worthy adversaries, no matter how they are defined. This book does not promise to rid you of your inner critics and doubts. Rather, shockingly, it asks you to dive right into the center of them in order to find valuable insights you can USE. In the end, your critics hold far less energy and YOU are in the driver’s seat, as you pursue What Really Matters. Inner Critic Inner Success challenges you to define success in a radical new way — on YOUR terms (versus what society, culture and business dictates) and from the perspective of how you FEEL about success (not just how you THINK).

It’s also a business book that bucks the trend by making emotions part of the conversation. Yes, emotions. The other part of your big, beautiful intelligent brain — equally as powerful and potent yet often overlooked and under-utilized, pushed off to the side and labeled “invalid.”

In this book, Stacey walks you through her coaching process offering insights, activities and real world application of it all. She helps you build your emotional intelligence and capacity, tame and use those inner critics for the powers of good, and sets you in the direction of determining your own success, with meaning and confidence. As your coach, she is 100% in your corner and rooting for you!

282 pages, Paperback

First published October 11, 2013

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About the author

Stacey Sargent

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Stacey is an inspiring, energetic and authentic facilitator, coach, speaker and author – and the CEO of Connect Growth and Development. She is an advocate of bringing humanity back into the workplace. She has held positions over the last 20 years in evolutionary industries performing leadership, strategic and design vision roles in business, accounting and finance, consulting, client relations, software design and development. Stacey paired her degree in Business with a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science to create the “work love of her life”.

Her approach is about whole-person intelligence – partnering the logical with the creative, the rational with the emotional, our brain and our body. She helps people make the connection between their inner and outer selves so they can bring all their superpowers to any endeavor, in work and life.

Stacey is the author of Inner Critic, Inner Success: Claiming Your Own Success While Taming the Critic. She aspires to do more of the work she loves with more fantastic organizations, helping them discuss What Really Matters.

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2 reviews7 followers
October 19, 2013
Outstanding book. Almost as good as being in class with Stacey. What I love about Inner Critic Inner Success is the very pragmatic way it covers key topics; the case studies are invaluable examples of real life situations we've all come across before. I found the book to be a great refresher on a number of topics that Stacey has taught me and my team. I'm also recommending the book to friends and colleagues with little formal background in the areas cover by the book as it's a *very* approachable read. Makes my stocking stuffer list very easy for this year's holidays! Congratulations Stacey - an awesome book filled with your personal passion!
December 18, 2013
This book is like having an honest conversation with your best friend. I will come back to this book often. It gives good advice for understanding yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and then ways to leverage both. That's the brilliance. Greatness and weakness go hand-in-hand. Stacey brings that to light in funny and honest dialogue. This is a must read.
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57 reviews3 followers
February 4, 2014
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I never thought that I could be the one holding me back from being better in any regard. This book definitely opened my eyes. I can't believe the things I have learned so far and to be honest, I had to stop reading this book. Not because I found it lacking, but because I could see and understand that i needed to slow down and take the activities one at a time. It's not easy, this fight against my inner critics, especially Bella and Dita as I have named them, but Stacey Sargent has provided the guidance needed for me, and she can do it for you too.
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Author 23 books324 followers
January 25, 2023
This is a fine book. I am surprised. Anything about the 'inner critic' is a bit too yoga for my liking...


But I very impressed by the management of emotion in the workplace. I argue very strongly that boundaries are crucial to enabling professionalism at work.

I still agree with myself (!!!), but Sargent argues that emotions are triggers for self-reflection, fear or embarrassment.

Also, there is a strong honesty in this book, presenting the balance between being underconfident, yet continuing to strive for success.

Excellent. And inspiring.
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August 6, 2021
Really wasn’t all that impressed

I’m not sure why I was sent this book to read. I’m a life coach among other things. There is nothing new in this book just maybe the activities were done slightly different than what I’ve been doing for years. all of it seems more ego stroking to me but that might be because I don’t really like authors who just talk about themselves and their clients. To each their own though.
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