It’s time to stop beating yourself up.
For whatever is is you are doing.
Wonder why I’m bringing this up?
Last Thursday, I wrote about the power of Quit Thursdays, something my friend Bob Goff started, and which I’ve been trying hard to implement in my own life. In my posts on the topic, I found that many people seemed to want to quit beating themselves up.
The list of things people beat themselves up for is nearly endless. But here are a few highlights:
For biting their nails.
For waking up late.
For going crazy with a screaming five month old.
For wishing they hadn’t bought that dog.
For being happy that their kids are grown and out of the house.
For being happy when they don’t have to babysit their (wonderful) grandchild every day of the week.
For being happy when their boss is out of town (and the pressure is off).
For not having as many children as they’d like.
For not wanting more children.
For screaming at their husband that one time.
For being rude to the customer service representative.
For not standing up to the customer service representative.
For not standing up for themselves in general.
For being annoyed at their mother in law.
For being annoyed at their sister.
For being annoyed at their mother.
For being annoyed at their children.
For being annoyed at their husbands.
For being annoyed at their best friends. (Yes, we can be bad about annoyance.)
For not reading as much as they’d like.
For not sleeping as much as they’d like.
For not exercising as much as they’d like.
For not eating as well as they’d like. (Sense a theme here?)
For generally not being half as awesome a person as they’d like to be.
For generally not doing absolutely every little thing and taking on every opportunity that ever comes their way.
For not working enough.
For not spending enough time at home.
For, well, everything.
Today, this Thursday, I want to be clear.
Whatever it is you are sick of beating yourself up for, I’m here to tell you: STOP.
Put down the guilt and step away from the problem.
It’s Quit Thursday, after all.