Self-criticism is something most of us are all too familiar with. And that isn’t to say self-criticism is a bad thing, because sometimes it is necessary. Self-criticism can have a negative connotation, however, when it becomes an overwhelming presence in our lives and prevents us from being capable of recognizing anything positive about ourselves.
An article by Good News Network offers some useful information pertaining how to wrangle in that meddling voice in your head when it does get out of control, and I thought I would share it with all of you. Check it out.
“This is your life. It’s not broken. It’s unloved. And it’s unloved by you.
“This does not mean I won’t walk out of the rain into a dry place. It means I will not belittle the rain. I will not condemn the rain. I will move forward. I will go where I am called and where I belong.
“Yes, I will certainly dream of what I wish my life to be, and I will invest in and create those dreams. I will rise. But not with irritation or deprivation in my heart. I don’t want to shun my own day, my own breath, my own efforts or even lack of efforts. As of this moment, I refuse to sully and bully my own existence in the name of ‘realizing my potential.’ I do not want to be anywhere else. This is my mantra. This is my saber. This is my ticket.
“For me, this is a practice, the practice of a lifetime. I am learning that acceptance is something I want and it’s not a form of resignation. Acceptance is fierce. When I truly accept myself where I am, it’s a rush of compassion and a jolt of awakening.
“Acceptance is the willingness to embrace your life, your one true, beautiful, challenging, disappointing, shocking, devastating and intriguing life.
“It’s the decision to stay present and not slip into the destructive undertow of resistance and rejection. Acceptance is a form of self-blessing, the secret catalyst that galvanizes the whole darn ride right now.
“Tama Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice to write and help others create their most extraordinary lives. She is the bestselling author of 4 books including A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence and her latest Thriving Through Uncertainty. A sought-after speaker and career/success coach, she has helped thousands to thrive in their life, calling, and businesses,” the article says.
The excerpts listed above are in the words of Kieves, and I certainly think they’re worth reading.