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Ways Self-Sabotage Affects Performance

Apr 07, 2023

Self-sabotage is the way one might react to thought patterns that keep you from moving forward toward your goals. These behaviors may be conscious or subconscious, and they can show up in various areas of life, including work, relationships, health, and personal growth. Preventing self-sabotage requires a combination of self-awareness, and intentional daily practice to increase mental muscles. Here are some steps that can help:

  1. Identify the "ANTs": Start by identifying the " Automatic Negative Thoughts" that contribute to self-sabotage. These can include judging yourself, others or the situation when something doesn't go according to plan, procrastination, perfectionism, self-doubt, negative self-talk, or fear of failure.
  2. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress. Take breaks when you need them and prioritize self-care activities that help you recharge.
  3. Grow your mental muscle: PQ (Positive Quotient) reps boost your mental  muscle. Think of it like going to the gym to build your biceps. PQ Reps help you stay hyper focused in the present moment by using 1 of your 5 senses and can be done with eyes open or closed. With each PQ Rep, you develop greater mastery over your own mind, quiet the "Automatic Negative Thoughts", and activate the positive region of your brain.
  4. Seek support: Build a support network of family, friends, or colleagues who can provide encouragement, accountability, and feedback. Consider working with a coach or therapist who can help you identify and overcome self-sabotaging behaviors.
  5. Practice empathy: Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself for mistakes. Recognize that setbacks are a natural part of being human and its an opportunity for growth.

Remember, preventing self-sabotage is an ongoing process that requires patience, persistence, and reflection. Stay committed to growing your mental muscle, and keep taking small steps towards your goals, especially when life is challenging.

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