Why do many of us find it so difficult to forgive ourselves? If we’re not “on our game” one day and we don’t live up to our own high expectations for ourselves, why do we have such a hard time forgiving ourselves and moving on? Why do we allow mind numbing self-criticism to take over? What good can possibly come from walking around disappointed in ourselves?
Consider this, if someone you loved dearly made a mistake, would you follow them around all day to remind them of their mistake and ensure they never forget it? Of course not! So, why do we do that to ourselves?
When you hear that self criticizing voice, stop and ask yourself; “If this was a situation my best friend was facing, what would I say to him or her? Give yourself the same, kind and compassionate guidance you would give to your best friend. If you do, you’ll find yourself smiling more, feeling more relaxed and even more understanding of others than you are today.