I always have constant chatter going on in my head about my singing and my coaching abilities
Am I good enough?
I can't sing like that person?
I'm not a strong keyboard player.
Am I letting my students down?
I don't have a Degree in Voice Pedagogy.
Did I demonstrate that note correctly,
No one really believes I can teach voice!
Can I actually sing??
Do I know enough?
On and on and on. An irritating monologue that I've grown all too used to.
Its called my Inner Critique...and we all have it!
I think it ok's to have inner critique, if you use it as a way learn or grow in ministry or your skills. If you use it as a way to be honest and reflective. For instance, I've spent over 10 years training. I've done Estill, Complete Vocal Technique and I am a certified Vocal First Aider. I've study Vocal Anatomy at post grad level, all in the absence of a degree.
But, if your inner monologue, is just a way of pointing out all your faults, telling yourself how rubbish you are or comparing yourself to others, then its time to silence your inner critique.
Why? Because no one is perfect. Everyone has a weakness, everyone has a fault and everyone has something they wish they could do better. You're not alone.
The Lord said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:10: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
When ever I read this I feel like God is saying to Paul: "Its ok, I got you".
Dear Worship Singer, its ok, God's got you!
There is a famous prayer that says: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
However, the original text of this prayer puts courage first. It reads:
"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other."
I think this is a great prayer to silence your inner critique, because what it says is have the courage to do what you can to improve or change something you don't like about yourself or abilities. What you cannot change, take a deep breath and accept you just might have no control over it or it may never change. And, finally, learn to understand the difference between the two.
If you constantly compare yourself, tell yourself you can't sing or you don't have the vocal skills, have the courage to change it. It time to silence your inner critique!
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