The mindful response to self-criticism and self-doubt is self-compassion. When waves of self-criticism and self-doubt roll in, I cover how to notice and acknowledge them as patterns of thought and emotion that come and go – and how to replace those patterns with others to bring your best self back.
- The Roman poet Persius said,…"We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."…We consume our todays too, especially when the fretting…is about our own mistakes and shortcomings.…Healthy self-criticism that motivates you to improve…is fine, but what we're talking about here…is harassing yourself in ways that hamper your progress.…Repeating loops about failures,…rejections, and embarrassments that poison…your self-confidence and self-worth.…It's bad enough that we suffer the sting…of things gone wrong, but then the voice in our head…piles on with toxic self-statements:…"You're not good enough."…"You don't deserve this."…"You're gonna fail."…"You look foolish."…The mindfulness alternative shines through…if you think about what you'd say…to loved ones when they run themselves down…with this kind of undermining self-talk.…
You wouldn't say to someone you care about,…"You should dwell on your mistakes even more,…"to make sure they undermine your best efforts!" or…"You should obsess about your imperfections,…
UCLA professor and executive coach John Ullmen, PhD, explains the fundamentals of mindfulness and provides step-by-step methods that anyone can use. Every technique is confirmed by research and validated in practice to give you results for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and self-doubt, and for increasing confidence, peak performance, and connection with others.
- The fundamentals of mindfulness and practicing mindful meditation
- Dealing with unwelcome experiences, such as stress, fear, and self-doubt
- Strengthening your connection with others
- Mindfulness for peak performance
- Practicing mindful leadership