Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it
one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Good morning! Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how friendly are you to yourself? When something goes wrong, do you treat yourself with compassion or are you more likely to “beat yourself up?” When you stumble on the pathway toward a goal, do you gently encourage yourself or degrade your efforts? When you make a perceived mistake, do you let it go or expect self-perfection at every turn?
Often women treat themselves much differently than they do a friend or family member. While forgiving and encouraging to those around us, again and again and again, women often are their own worst critic.
Today, each time you criticize yourself STOP. Isolate why you are criticizing yourself. Then ask: If my best friend (or child) was criticizing herself as I am now, what advice would I give her? Apply this wisdom to your situation.
(Write this in your Catch-All Notebook) and say it aloud at least
several times today:
I am friendly and loving toward myself at all times.