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Meet Hilda :: A Formal Introduction to Your Irksome Inner Naysayer

You know that negative voice in your head? The one that says you can’t, you shouldn’t, you suck? It’s not your dark side. It’s not a lizard. It’s certainly not a fuzzy creature that you shouldn’t feed after midnight.

It’s just Hilda.

Let me back up. Say you’ve decided to start something spectacular. Brilliant! But almost immediately after you proclaim, “I am going to {insert your goal here}” you start hearing her voice . . .

You’re dreaming far too big for someone like you.
You know you’re going to fail. Why even try?
They will find out you’re a phony, y’know.
Pfffft, this could never happen for you.
You really want to tempt fate like this?
People are going to laugh at you.
Why can’t you just be grateful?
That’s a really, really bad plan.
You shouldn’t have said that.
Who do you think you are?
Umm, that is a stupid idea.
You’re not good enough.
You’re just...

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Did I Really Just Come Out as a Fat Life Coach in Front of Thousands of People?

 

I've got to tell you about the most liberating moment of my professional life.

I was attending a live workshop by the incomparable Mel Robbins (author of “The 5 Second Rule” and “Stop Saying You’re Fine”) at CreativeLive in San Francisco. The workshop was on “How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence,” a topic that is right in my lane of nerdery by one of my favorite personal development teachers on the planet. To get into this audience, I had to apply for a seat and be hand selected by Mel and the CreativeLive team. So I was thrilled to just be there as she taught this workshop for the first time ever, and I could never have predicted what would happen once I was in my seat. 

After the first of four live segments of the daylong workshop, Mel told the producer that she wanted me mic’d up for the second segment. She came back to discuss and demonstrate the four traps of self-doubt she...

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