Self-sabotage is a common reason why many successful people fall short of achieving their dreams. All it takes is one irrational and unconscious thought to lead into a downward spiral of negativity. Over time, this pattern becomes a habit. And however hard you try with conscious effort, habits are difficult to break.
How do you overcome the inner critic and avoid sabotaging your own success?
Develop Self-Awareness To Identify Negative Thought Patterns
We often share notes on how to retrain your thinking on this blog. Developing self-awareness helps you to spot and stop irrational thoughts.
Identifying the pattern is the first step. Are you constantly obsessing over a minute detail when the rest is fine? Or perhaps you are a black-and-white kind of person and label yourself a failure because of a single mistake. Maybe you jump to conclusions too quickly. Or you tell yourself how things should be and feel guilty because they are not up to those high standards.
Write Down Your Thought Patterns
Instead of assuming your thoughts are true, write them down on a piece of paper. Now, look at the evidence. Give the sentence you wrote down a realistic score out of 10.
Next, imagine a friend wrote the same sentence. What advice would you give your friend? Take note of the de-personalized nature of your advice.
What can you learn from this instance? Is there room for improvement and how could you incorporate these positive changes?
Pay attention to your language as you take notes of your thought patterns. Be supportive and compassionate with yourself and encourage learning and growth.
Take personal responsibility for when things go wrong but also be aware that you are not alone and be realistic about how you can fix or improve things in the future.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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