From Fearful to Fearless: How to Overcome Your Inner Critic and Find True Confidence

Shut up your inner critic, once and for all

Janice Eastman
5 min readMar 21


A person on all fours while meditating.
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A human mind is a powerful tool, often constructing narratives that dictate our actions, choices, and overall disposition.

One such narrative is the inner critic’s voice, the dialogue that thrives off of self-doubt and insecurity.

This inner critic is a formidable opponent that has the potential to hold us back from reaching our true potential.

However, as impossible as it may seem, there are ways to engage and silence this critic, ultimately allowing for the transformation from fearful to fearless. And the realization of true confidence.

Here are some tips for overcoming your inner critic and finding true confidence.

Acknowledge Your Fears

When I was younger, insecurities plagued me. I often felt anxious, shy, and overwhelmed socially, believing everyone was judging me.

But as I grew older, I slowly realized that fear was the only thing stopping me from living confidently — my best life.

It’s scary to acknowledge that your insecurities are holding you back — it’s also essential if you want to break free.

As the great Mahatma Gandhi said,

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

What if I told you that, with just a few steps, you could break down the walls of fear and insecurity and begin to see yourself with strength and courage?

No matter how often you’ve been held back by fear, you can still find the courage to move forward and achieve your goals.

Think about it: what if you were fearless of making mistakes. Or taking risks?

What opportunities would open up for you?

Fear can be our greatest enemy.

But it doesn’t have to be.

By understanding and acknowledging our fears, we can break free from the negative thoughts and stories — lies we tell ourselves. To gain the inner strength and courage we need to take on anything.



Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.