Negative opinions about ourselves might makes us feel insecure and less confident. These feelings can make it harder for us to show compassion to ourselves and others. Developing resilience helps us overcome criticism (both internal and external). Remember, it is OK to make mistakes - everyone does!
Sometimes, we judge ourselves and act as our own critics. You have to work hard to overcome your "inner critic.” When we are critical of ourselves, we are not showing ourselves compassion or having a growth mindset. We are putting ourselves down and having a fixed mindset.
It is important not to be too hard on yourself and to have self-compassion when you make a mistake.
Have you ever had a time when you were being critical of yourself saying things inside your head like, “I’m not good at this” “I can’t do this” “I could never figure this out”. How did saying those things to yourself make you feel? Did anyone show you compassion and help you change to a growth mindset?
It is important to overcome your inner critic by using a growth mindset and by finding somewhere to start.
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• How does finding a place to start help you have a growth mindset?
• How does finding a place to start help you show yourself compassion?
• Like Vashti did, how can you show compassion and help others who are being critical of themselves? What could you say or do?
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