Being Hard On Yourself: It’s Not Always A Bad Thing
If you search the Internet, there are endless amounts of articles that provide useful wisdom and tips to stop being so hard on yourself. In fact, I have read many of these articles and have found them quite useful, but also believe that being hard on yourself provides a few benefits. I don’t pretend to be Michael Jordan, Georges St-Pierre or even Jim Henson, but putting that constant pressure on myself has lead me to accomplish many of my life goals by the tender age of 26. There are still many more goals left on my bucket list and I don’t plan on completely ridding the mindset of being hard on myself.
- It can allow you to be motivated towards something positive.
- A little self-criticism keeps you humbled and grounded.
- It may keep you ahead of the competition.
There comes that fine line where being hard on yourself becomes self-destructive. You are better off without it in general, but if it’s something you just can’t shake, turn being hard on yourself into a positive such as the benefits listed above.
Michael Jordan was arguably the greatest athlete of all time and was also VERY hard on himself, but he knew when to let go and that was when he walked off the court. Pick and choose your battles wisely but remember, it’s not the awful thing you constantly hear about.
I will leave you with a quote.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”