Don’t be so hard on yourself
I was out running the other day, listening to a Genius playlist on my iPhone, when on came Jess Glynne’s catchy pop song ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself’. Although I’d heard the song many times before, this was the first time that I’d really listened to the lyrics and they struck a chord with me. We are all guilty of being our own worst enemy at some stage, some more than others. It’s so easy to beat yourself up whenever you fall short in some way from living up to your ideals, principles or achieving important goals. Falling short, however, isn’t the big issue. Failing to try and keep trying is!
We all get frustrated, annoyed and disappointed. That’s just being human. I know that sometimes I give myself a hard time if I miss a fitness session or drink one glass of wine too many, or eat too much Easter egg! The key is to look at what you HAVE done, achieved or overcome, not what you haven't. . As The Strategic Coach™ organisation (of which I have been a participant for many years) teaches, you are looking for progress not perfection in your life.
Being clear about what is important to you and developing good daily habits, which are conducive to living a fulfilling, meaningful and authentic life
Being clear about what is important to you and developing good daily habits, which are conducive to living a fulfilling, meaningful and authentic life, will help you to stay on track. Even if you do fall short, just start afresh each day and resolve to make it as good as you can. As the ancient philosophers advised, making small positive changes to your daily habits, rituals and how you react to things can do more for your happiness than achieving lofty goals.
So remember how far you've come, see each day as a fresh start, and keep on trying to be the best version of you that you can. And don’t be so hard on yourself!