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Whenever we make a mistake, even a small one, we talk ourselves very critically about it. While this might seem like a good thing, but we do not necessarily improve with strictness. Instead, one could end up hampering their self-confidence & self-belief.
Instead, the next time you make a mistake, try talking to yourself like you would to a 4-year-old. Explain what went wrong, with kindness, not harshness.
Made mistakes in the past? That's fine. Learn from them and move on. Stop reminding yourself how badly you messed up that time back then. Forgive yourself once & for all, and move on.
Do you have a negative voice in your head reminding you of your mistakes? That voice isn't something you were born with. Somewhere along the way, you learned to think this way. But it can be hard to truly know since that is the "normal" for you. And, while it seems motivating be a self-critique, in reality, you're putting yourself on the path of low confidence & low self-esteem.
Everyone has their set of strengths & weaknesses. So, instead of fixating on your weaknesses, be proud of yourself for how hard you've been doing. If it's doable, work to weaknesses, but do not feel bad about having one. Remember, you're a human, not a robot.
How you accept compliments plays an important role. Accept your compliments graciously, know that you deserve them for all the hard work you've done.
Journaling the compliments & reading them later can help you remind of your achievements.
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As a sensitive striver who deals with the effects of self-criticism on a constant base, I found these techinques interesting to put in practice. Especially the naming one and the timer. It takes a lot of effort to be conscious when this is happening and try to use them, but it’s something I’ll definitely try next time I’m spiralling down into self-recrimination. 🤞🙏