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Your Own Worst Critic

April 1, 2013

Many people subconsciously sabotage their own success by putting themselves down or practicing behaviors that make them feel oppressed, depressed and even hopeless without even realizing that they’re doing it!  Here are some examples of ways we behave like our own worst critic;

  • Belittling yourself by participating in self-deprecating jokes, stories or conversations and using self-deprecating language to cut yourself down verbally or in your head
  • Denying or minimizing your talents, desires or potential
  • Playing dumb or small so the people around you won’t feel uncomfortable
  • Trying to “fit-in” by doing things you don’t agree with or feel good about
  • Playing it safe by dreaming small when you have bigger dreams inside
  • Stifling your creativity and passion by doing what you think others want you to do rather than following your own calling and passion

The biggest gift you can give yourself is to stop being your own worst critic!  Surely you can identify and acknowledge something good about yourself today and as you do you will find more and more to like about yourself.  Start noticing and changing the negative dialogue in your head.  Speak to yourself kindly and begin to treat yourself as you would a good friend….you deserve it!  Don’t forget…Optimists Rock!

Copyright  2013   Robin B. O’Grady

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