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Why Self-Compassion At Work Is Critical For Your Professional Success

Why Self-Compassion At Work Is Critical For Your Professional Success

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, especially if we consider ourselves perfectionists. It’s great to have ambitious goals and to evaluate our strengths/weakness from time to time, but self-criticism can be debilitating if we allow our mind to take it too far. One element that should always be present in our self-talk is self-compassion, which includes mindfulness, kindness, and a sense of humanity. As humans, we can only do so much – we aren’t going to get it right all of the time, and in reality, we shouldn’t! It is through our setbacks that we can learn and grow, becoming more knowledgeable as time passes. If you’ve been finding yourself thinking any of the following critical thoughts, it may be time you added more self-compassion to the mix:

“I didn’t hit the mark that I wanted. I’m not going to let myself sleep until I get this right.”

“If I don’t nail this presentation, I’m a failure.”

“I’m going to have to skip dinner because I need to focus on getting this work done.”

When we neglect self-compassion, we often place so much pressure on ourselves that we lose time, energy, money, and happiness. We lose sleep, food, quality time with loved ones, and more because we’re straining ourselves too thin. Business Insider states that individuals who are too focused on being “perfect” lose sight of many key ingredients to success, including:

  • Using their time wisely
  • Not asking for help
  • Not allowing flexibility in learning what works and what doesn’t
  • Not spending time creating something meaningful, in an attempt to create an illusion of perfection instead

Too much stress and pressure can build up over time, increasing your chances for mental illness. However, you may be more at risk for worsened symptoms if you’re not willing to seek help; a 2018 study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that perfectionistic self-presentation is associated with mental health stigma. This is often due to the fact that many people who consider themselves perfectionists do not like to feel as though they have something “wrong” with them, they need “help”, or haven’t already been doing what’s necessary for their wellbeing. By not practicing self-compassion, however, you are withholding from yourself something that is very crucial to your personal and professional success.

If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a professional treatment center to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Optimal recovery is possible, and you are not alone in your pursuit for happiness, health, and wellbeing.

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