“Research shows that the №1 barrier to self-compassion is fear of being complacent and losing your edge. And all the research shows that’s not true. It’s just the opposite, meaning that self-compassion can lead to greater achievement than self-criticism ever could.”
We’re genetically predisposed to focus more on our mistakes than our successes, but the New York Times suggests research shows there are concrete things you can do to stop being so hard on yourself.
The three recommended steps include to choose to at least try a new approach to thinking about yourself, combat your inner criticism with kindness, and make a deliberate effort to recognize how you feel when you self-criticize compared to how you feel when you let go of things.
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