"I'm not going to get that new job."
"I really messed up that relationship."
"It's my own fault...I just can't handle all this pressure."
"I'll never have an opportunity to get ahead here."
Our Mind: Friend or Foe?
The often discussed - and even more frequently "heard" - minds of ours can be so powerful that we sometimes get lost, literally, in them.
I try to use my self-talk machine to help me stay positive, fired up for each new day, and to keep moving forward. I'm obsessed with constant motion.
However, that does not mean that those voices in my head don't do their best to derail me and turn me into a quivering mass of jello.
Self-talk is powerful.
For some reason when we stumble, the thought comes into our heads that we must be punished. Why is that?
It doesn't make any sense. Yet, I completely understand why someone might feel that way...because I have felt that way too.
What is it about "not being perfect every time" that makes us think we need to experience emotional pain or stress?
Have we set such unrealistic expectations of ourselves that each mistake or wrong decision must be punished?
Whoa! That is a lot of pressure!
How About You
How do you handle setbacks or disappointments, particularly when you have contributed to them?
Does your mind kick in to overdrive and begin the attack on...you; or, have you developed a way to sidestep that very human reaction, and follow a different path?
I'd love to hear from you.