Here are two publications on the relation between self-crticism and goal progress:


Self-criticism, motivation, and goal progress of athletes and musicians: A prospective study

Powers, Koestner, Lacaille, Kwan & Zuroff (2009)

The current research examined the relations among self-criticism, self-concordant motivation and goal progress of athletes and musicians. The results of a short-term prospective study showed that self-criticism was negatively associated with self-concordant goal motivation and with goal progress. The effect of self-criticism on goal progress appeared to be mediated by self-concordant motivation. Results also showed that self-criticism moderated the relation of goal progress to negative affect, such that the negative affect of self-critics was contingent on