There’s one thing I’ve been wrestling with lately – an invisible enemy in my entrepreneurial journey. It’s relentless, unforgiving, and perhaps the most challenging of all, and it’s gotten sooooooo much worst since I minimized my team. It’s not market trends or competitors … it’s my own inner critic.
CONFESSION: No matter what I do during a workday, there’s always this nagging voice whispering, “You could’ve done more.”
This struggle is at the heart of this podcast episode, “Entrepreneurship: Managing Time and Quieting the Inner Critic.” I decided to dedicate this episode to all of us battling the same inner critic, as it’s an experience so common yet rarely addressed.
In this deeply personal episode, I share:
- the nitty-gritty details of how my inner critic affects me 🙈
- the strategies I’ve found to be effective at overcoming it 🏆
- practical ways to treat ourselves with compassion 💗
- techniques to separate our identity from our productivity 🥂
- and the importance of acknowledging our accomplishments
But let’s be clear: This isn’t about achieving perfection or silencing that inner critic forever. It’s about creating an environment of acceptance and compassion within ourselves. It’s about recognizing that the inner critic is merely a manifestation of our deep care for our work, not a voice of truth.
This episode is less than 20 minutes long, but it’s packed with insights that can help reshape your relationship with your inner critic. So, whether you’re on your daily commute, sipping your morning coffee, or taking a quick break from work, I encourage you to give it a listen. My hope is that it brings you comfort in knowing you’re not alone in this struggle, reassurance that it’s alright to feel this way, and practical advice to manage this common entrepreneurial hurdle. 🎧
After listening, I would love to hear your thoughts. How do you deal with your inner critic? What strategies do you find effective? Reach out to me on Instagram or comment below.
P.S. Have a friend who might benefit from this episode? Feel free to forward this blog to them. Let’s spread the love and understanding we all need on this journey!
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Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Get the Launch Expansion Method Masterclass for course creators & membership site owners (it’s free)
- Check out Together We Launch
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- Check out Galen – Local Creative.Co
- Check out Future Females
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So you want to scale your online business while purposely prioritizing your most joyful, free, and luxurious life. This Podcast is your weekly dose of connection and self-reflection. As you set strategic intentions along the way, it’s time to prime your mind embrace your pace, and take consistent action toward creating what you truly want from your online business without sacrificing the small moments all around you that are so worth treasuring. So take a deep breath, relax, and let’s get you back to where you belong. On purpose.
You’re listening to Episode 26 of season two of on purpose with Alex speeding, and in this episode, I’m going to be speaking to something that I’m sure every single online business owner can relate to. And it’s the feeling of overwhelm feeling like no matter what you do, you will never get through your to-do list, feeling a sense of beating yourself up over the fact that you’re not getting as much done and you’re not being as productive as you’d like to be, even when you look back at the day and you’re like but I actually did do a lot and I did accomplish a lot, right? There’s no real need to be beating yourself up about this. If you can relate to this, then this is the episode for you. I’m Alex Beadon, your favorite launch strategist and your guide to the online business world. I’ve had an online business selling digital products since 2011. And I’ve been helping online businesses scale for launching since 2016. I’ve been featured in Forbes and Entrepreneur, I’ve worked with clients ranging from solopreneurs to multi-million dollar small businesses. Here at Team Beadon. We pride ourselves on being the industry-leading destination for all things launch strategy, our 12-month program together we launch teaches our signature rinse and repeat launch strategy that has helped course creators and membership owners from all over the world have their best launches yet. Our goal is to give you the tools to create a wildly profitable online business while prioritizing your most joyful life so that you can truly experience time, freedom, location, freedom, and financial freedom. Now without further ado, let’s jump into today’s episode.
If you ever feel like you are beating yourself up, no matter what it is that you decide to spend your time on, you have a to-do list, you know what your priorities are. But no matter what you do, at the end of the day, it never quite feels like enough. If that’s you, this episode was created specifically for you. And the reason why I’m creating this episode is because this is something that I myself struggle with. You know, as business owners, we are always working on skills and tools in our toolbox, right. And I would say for me, this is definitely something that I am constantly working to improve when it comes to my mindsets. Oftentimes, when it comes to how we spend our time, I’m just so hard on myself, I just feel like I should have gotten more done within a specific period of time. But as I have gotten older, and as I’ve been in this industry for a very long time, I realized that this is just normal that it is just normal to feel this way, there’s always going to be more that I wish that I had gotten through I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I finished every single thing on my to do list. And it is okay. And so this episode is going to be me sharing with you the way that I go about it dealing with this problem dealing with the fact that I find myself being so hard on myself. And so the first thing that I like to do is show myself absolute compassion. I remind myself that whatever it is that I’m beating myself up about probably is unnecessary. Something that I love to do is like, bring awareness to the thoughts, right, bring awareness to what it is that I’m telling myself. So a great example is this week, you know, I’ve been on such a good roll with posting daily to my reels. And I’ve been feeling so good about it and so proud about it. And I’ve been seeing all of these great engagement and results on Instagram, and it’s been really positive. And over the last few days, I’ve been working on so many projects, like we have so many projects that are up in the air right now we’re working on a collaboration with future females, which is amazing, wonderful, excellent opportunity. If you joined together we launched you’ll know that one of the things that we always talk about is how do we get more leads, you know, that’s one of the things that only business owners struggle with the most is how do I get more leads and one of the best ways is through collaboration. So as we gear up for our next launch, these are the types of activities that we are doing. Then we also are working on updating all of our sales pages for Together, we launch behind the scenes. So there’s lots of different things. We have a launch quiz, we have a launch expansion method training, which hopefully you would have already checked out. If you haven’t checked that out, you’re definitely missing out. It’s basically like, I don’t know, I think it’s like an hour and 10 minute long training, where I walk you through the launch expansion method, which is the way that we launch from time to time and are able to scale our efforts by pretty much reusing a lot of the assets that we’ve already created. So go and check that out if you haven’t already. But yeah, we’re working on all of these websites. We’re working with Galen from local creative Co. And there’s just a lot on my plates. And it’s so interesting, because I find myself telling myself, Oh, you didn’t spend time on this today? How could you not have spent time on this today? And how could you not have spent time on this day? Why didn’t you post Instagram reels for the last I think I’ve missed maybe three or four days. And just beating myself up about the things that I didn’t do and the things that I didn’t get done. So the first thing I do is bring awareness to those thoughts. So whether you write them down on a piece of paper, or write them down in your notes app, write them down, get them out of your head, get them onto a piece of paper, the next thing that I do is I reread them and ask myself like, is this actually true? And the way that I go about finding out if this is actually true is I go over to clarify, if you know, you know, I talk about this quite a lot. We, here at Team Beadon, track absolutely everything that we do. And we’ve been doing this for years. And over the years, the way that we’ve tracked our time has changed in terms of how we categorize the activities, etc. But the basic premise is that every single thing that I do and work on in the business, I write it down and clarify so that there’s never a question of like, oh, well, where did I spend my time, when I started tracking my time, I realized so much about the activities that I was spending my time on how I was prioritizing certain things. And I find that by tracking my time, it just shines a light on everything. And it helps me really understand where I spend my time. So I went I go I go on I check clock, if I after I bring my awareness to the actual thought right, then the thought in this case is oh, you know, you haven’t posted Instagram reels over the last few days. Why haven’t you done that? Or, for example, right now, I’m still working on the copy for the ultimate launch bootcamp opt in page, and I’m beating myself up about it and being like, why is this taking you so long? Like, why haven’t you finished this yet? You know, so just getting those things down on paper, heading on over to qualify and actually asking myself like, okay, have I been showing up to work? Have I been clocking in enough hours? Where have I been spending my time and just bringing visibility to the way that I’m spending my time, and then of course, realizing that I am. And here’s the thing, right? It’s like when you are showing up in your business, and you’re present, and you are consciously making choices throughout the day, I know that I’m doing my best. It’s not to say that I’m like, rolling out of bed and hanging out on the couch and not being strategic about the way that I spend my time I’m being extremely strategic. I think it’s just like, I’m going through this transition of having so much support and having such a large team of eight people. And then you know, now narrowing it down, there’s only two of us on the team. Now, there’s obviously going to be so much more on my plate. And on the one hand, I’m feeling so happy because I’m like, I love being creative. I love having my hands in every detail again, like I’m just loving the energy of this new chapter. And simultaneously going through that resistance of like, oh my gosh, I don’t have as much time as I used to have, you know, I
don’t I have way more on my plate than I used to have. And just figuring out that transition and showing myself grace as I go through that transition. So step one, writing it down. Step two, asking yourself is this true? Step three, reviewing any data that you have that can help you decide is this true or not? What changes do I have to make in order to alleviate this? And so for me, it’s just about acceptance, and giving myself grace. So acceptance, acceptance is everything that I just shared with you. It’s acknowledging that I have more on my plate, it’s acknowledging that I have less support in the team. It’s simultaneously acknowledging that I’m loving this chapter and I’m loving getting to be more creative and that this is what I’ve chosen. Right? It’s also about giving myself that grace. It’s about being okay with the fact that sometimes I’m going to beat myself up and and immediately nipping it in the bud as soon as it starts to happen. So as soon as I feel myself judging myself judging the way I’ve spent my time, I just remind myself like, Hey, it’s okay, you are human, you have been doing your absolute best I’ve seen you, I’ve been with you, I’ve shown up with you. It’s literally about mothering myself. Like, sometimes I feel like my mindset is like a child, you know, you have this little child in the back of your mind, or like a little mean, girl bully, who’s like you didn’t do this, you didn’t do that, you know, just judging, again, the way that I spend my time. And I just need to mother myself and be like, Hey, you’re being mean, for absolutely no reason. You have been doing your best. You have been showing up, you’ve been giving it your all. And you’ve been doing it every single day for who knows how long you are. You’re so generous to your clients, you show up for them. You deliver on the results, that and the transformations that people are coming to you for you have so much to be proud of. And you beating yourself up is 100%. Unnecessary. We don’t do that. And just speaking to myself like that. And you know, not necessarily. Again, this is not I’m not trying to beat myself up for beating myself up, right. So the premise, the idea is that I’m showing myself the utmost kindness. And then I’m just being patient with myself and just giving myself space to be like, cool, you’re feeling a little bit frustrated. Right now. There’s a lot on your plate. That’s normal. That’s normal. And just like literally letting that sink in. That is normal. It is okay. But now, what do we need to do to bring a little bit more control into the situation? So for example, this week, I have a podcast episode two, could you tell every single week we come out with a podcast episode, we’re not yet at the point where I could tell you which day of the week because I feel like every week, it’s a different day of the week. But at least we know every week, there’s a podcast episode coming out. And so I knew I had to finish this today. And I told myself, okay, instead of doing like this long episode that you normally do, we’re just going to keep it short, sweet, and simple and speak directly to what it is that I’m struggling with in this moment. Because we are all human. And this is what I want this podcast to be about. Like I want this podcast to be a real-life look into what it means to be an online entrepreneur. And so for me this week, this is what it’s been about. And the irony of it all is like I’ve had such a productive week, I feel like I’ve done such a good job of showing up and giving it my best, while also making sure that I’m not overworking and while also making sure that I’m taking time for myself and my personal life, and taking time to check in and like get my movement in and get my meditation and like I’m doing such a good job. And I’m really leaning into just being kind to myself. And so I hope that you can listen to this episode and take this as your sign to be kind to yourself today. I love you guys so much. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to send me a message over on Instagram, tag me in your stories. It means the world to me to hear from you guys. And to make this more of a two way conversation. So if this resonated, please take a moment to let me know. I’m sending you huge hugs and wishing you all the best as you move forward in your week. And I’m really excited to share all of the upcoming things that we have in store for you. I am just like I said, I’m so happy and excited to be in this space where I have my hands back in the creativity of my business and it can really feel self expressed again, through all of the creative work that I’m getting to do. But you know, there are two sides to every story. You know, there’s there’s the excitement and the joy. And you know, Laura always tells me she’s the CEO of Team Beadon, our operations manager and she always tells me she’s like, it can be two things at once. So it can be yes, you’re enjoying it, you’re loving it, you’re feeling creative, you feel so connected to your business and your community again, and at the same time. It can be a little overwhelming you can be struggling with you know, finding your rhythm and your work again and figuring out like okay, maybe there is too much on my plate, maybe it is time to get a little bit more support again, and that’s okay, you know, we go through these transition phases, and there’s always something to learn and take away. All right guys, enjoy the rest of your week, and I will talk to you again next time. Bye. Thank you so much for listening to today’s episode of On purpose with Alex Beadon. I want to encourage you to go and check out the launch expansion method. This is a free masterclass that I created specifically for For online course creators and membership site owners to help them scale their sales. So if you haven’t gone to check it out yet, you can go and do that using the link in the description. You can also check out the link in my bio. I also have an available for you on my website. It is called the launch expansion method and it teaches you my six figure launch strategy that has helped so many business owners from all over the world to have their first six figure launches. So definitely go and check that out now. Thanks so much for listening, and I really look forward to next week’s episode. I hope to see you there bye.