Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Do You Bully Yourself?

by Kathy Foust

Ah I bet you never thought that maybe you were bullying yourself did you? Yea? When's the last time you made yourself do something that was actually against your nature or maybe it was even something that was healthy for you to do but you had to bully yourself into it. Let's take a look at some examples.

Dieting: A healthy diet doesn't just mean losing weight and getting in shape. It's a matter of getting your mind together as well. So, when you cut yourself down in an effort to get rid of some of that excess weight, you're really doing more harm than good and might even have an eating disorder because of it. Never experienced this one? Let's try something else...

Dating: You're in a relationship and putting up with some crap that you would have told your best friend to get rid of long ago. But wait, aren't you supposed to be your own best friend first? What's your reason for putting up with this? Because your significant other can pronounce the words "I love you"? On some level, you've convinced yourself that you are in some way unworthy or worse yet, you're responsible for the crap your significant other throws your way. Either way, wrong answer. But maybe you've never done that either. Unlikely, but hey I'm willing to go out on a limb here so let's try another.

Work: You hate your job, but won't try for another because you think you won't make the grade. Newsflash! If you don't try, you'll never find out. Not only that, but if you don't have the skills for the job you want, you might try going out and getting them. Not too many people start out at the top. It takes some doing to get where you want to be.

Stop bullying yourself. When you do it, you give the okay for everyone else to do it.

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