Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cut yourself some Slack.

Everyday new research and studies topple the old truths. The latest reported by Heidi of Breines and Chen of Berkeley suggests that it is not self esteem that unlocks your true potential but “Self compassion.” This is not some drivel or new jargon but a scientific data driven conclusion. Self compassion is a willingness to look at your own mistakes and shortcomings with kindness and understanding. It reinforces the old saying by embracing the fact that “to err is indeed human.” When you are self compassionate in the face of difficulty, you neither judge yourself, nor focus on your awesome qualities this in turn leads to higher levels of personal well being and happiness. While self compassion does not mean you lower the bar by taking yourself off the hook. The spirit of self compassion is, you can make things easier for yourself if you tried a little bit of “wishful thinking” or give yourself some break. Sort of outsourcing stress and anxiety.

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