We’re so used to things not going our way that we protect ourselves by ruining things for ourselves before they get ruined by others. Many times those who sabotage their health are driven by unconscious reasons, but justify it via mindful means. Simply put, we screw up our health without even realizing it.
If you’re too hard on yourself and tend to sabotage your own success as it concerns health or otherwise, read on to find out how you can stop, and treat yourself how you deserve to be treated.
Be objective. Take a step back and look at what’s happening in your life from a stranger’s point of view. You can even start a journal and write down.
Embrace imperfections. Getting feedback and critique is probably the last thing you want, but a great chance to improve your health, realize what you’re doing wrong. More often than not, you’ll find that the feedback was actually helpful, but only if you don’t take it too personally, or over think everything.
Don’t be gullible. The grass that’s much greener on the other side of the fence is that way because of the hard work that went into it. What you envision success to be, whether it’s losing 5 kg or being filthy rich, our thinking process doesn’t take into account all the hard work that goes into it. Be realistic about your health goals and break them down into mini-goals. They can be daily or weekly - it’s up to you. Write down every step you need to take in order to get there, and don’t leave out the times when you fail to reach one of them. Trust in the process, and more importantly, in yourself.
Trust your perspective. As we grow, we’re bombarded with comments about ourselves, and it’s the negative ones that stick with us the most. The problem here is that it can be difficult to break free from these comments that we turn into tangible beasts that haunt us in every decision we make. In addition, they can be ordinary, run-of-the-mill comments that someone made without giving it a second thought, but to us, it dominates our waking hours and dictates our life decisions. It’s important to give these comments a break and be stronger than the effect they have on you so you can live life to the fullest.
Be kind to yourself. It’s no big deal if you feel uncomfortable in a certain situation, or if you’re not completely certain what to do. Take a deep breath; realize that every single person gets the same heart-gripping fear every once in a while and take the plunge - what’s the worst that can happen? I’ll tell you. It’s one of two things: you’ll either fail miserably, which will be somewhat embarrassing, but won’t be the end of the world, you’ll stand back up, take another deep breath, learn from your mistakes and try again. Or, you’ll succeed and you’ll be proud of your accomplishments, and move on to the next task with courage.
Stop being selfish. Some people think that when they sabotage their health, they’re doing it for the good of others around them. For example, a mother may feel that she’s putting her kids’ well-being before her own when she doesn’t take the time to eat right or exercise. Or a father thinks that by working all the time and not taking the time to take to take care of his health, then it’s for the sake of his family. The truth is, this behavior is the exact definition of being selfish.
Be brave. Bolstering your confidence takes practice and time. Take the time to research and ask questions so that you’re prepared and confident.
Punch low self-esteem in the face. When you’re not as trusting in your abilities as you should be, that prevents you from achieving the most you can. People with low self-esteem always have ready on-hand excuses for why they’re not good enough or why they can’t do this or that. Fear of failure is normal, it’s the “not trying” part that makes you miss you out on life.
Take the time to put yourself before others; it’ll make a healthier, more balanced person. You’ll quickly discover that you have more time and energy to do the things you have to do in your life, whether it’s for work or family.
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