Well, since we need to accept that there is a link between how we see ourselves and our ability to realize our goals, we really should pay a little attention to us and be nice 🙂
If you are confident in your ability to tackle what comes into your life and you have compassion for yourself (realistic view of yourself), why wouldn’t you take on the risks associated with goal achievement?
Now, I must admit, there are days where I feel pretty good about my abilities and then there are days where I have almost zero confidence and want to avoid everything. My advice is to continually work on building a positive self-concept by collecting experiences (noticing) when you do well. We are all pretty awesome at collecting all the negative experiences, why not collect the good? Also, acknowledge that you will “feel” great somedays, and maybe not so great other days. ENJOY the good days, lean in and get things done when confidence is high! Use your positive experience collections to help you through the bad days by creating a realistic and compassionate view of yourself.
Oh You Know it!
A Social Psychology research team, led by Dr. Juliana Breines, at the University of California, Berkeley found some pretty awesome things about self-concept and motivation. Over four different experiments, they explored self-criticism vs. self-compassion and the effect on motivation. All four experiments asked participants to think about something that would typically elicit self-criticism. Some participants were put in the experimental group (the ones who were taught self-compassion strategies) and the control group (no self-compassion training…so sad).
*In each experiment, researchers then gave some participants a self-compassion training. For the first three studies, participants wrote for 3 minutes in response to the instructions: “Imagine that you are talking to yourself about this [weakness/action] from a compassionate and understanding perspective. What would you say?”
*For the 4th experiment, the researchers shared a self-compassion message after participants struggled with the test: “If you had difficulty with the test you just took, you’re not alone. It’s common for students to have difficulty with tests like this. If you feel bad about how you did, try not to be too hard on yourself.”
You have a choice…
Work on shifting from a self-critical mindset to a self-compassionate mindset.
Write for 3 minutes each day. Take a self-criticism and re-write it. Imagine that you are talking to someone else. What advice would you give them?
All of us can take 3 minutes per day to improve our motivation with a little encouragement 🙂
We can choose a self-compassionate point of view, and this will help to recover from setbacks and pursue positive change.
Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD
eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success
References & Resources:
Breines J.G., Chen S. (2012) Self-Compassion Increases Self-Improvement Motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38 (9) , pp. 1133-1143.
The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion: http://www.centerformsc.org
Test How Self-Compassionate You Are: http://self-compassion.org/test-how-self-compassionate-you-are/