Let's say your presentation bombs, the boss criticises your work or you say something really embarrassing.
Who is in your ear? Is it a supportive friend reassuring you, or a contemptuous critic shouting, 'How could you be so stupid?'
Be kind to yourself
It's a cliche most people ignore. We fear that we'll become self-indulgent, too tolerant of our mistakes and lazy. The research shows that's wrong.
Who would motivate you more long-term: a friend offering acceptance and encouragement, or a sergeant major bawling you out for every lapse?
Self-compassion and and motivation
What if the voice of your compassionate friend were to suggest some healthy thinking? Maybe:
Could your friend add some simple strategies? Perhaps:
We don't need criticism to stay motivated - especially constant undermining self-criticism. Self-compassion checks out much better. Many studies link it with more motivation, better relationships, less stress and less depression.