Day 90: Lesson 5 from quitting booze and sugar. Exercise self-compassion.

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My goodness! What a difference this made!

I used to think that the harder I was on myself, the more likely I was to succeed. As much as I hated the mental beatings, they felt like a necessary evil. How was I ever going to get anywhere if I went easy on myself?

I had no idea that all I was doing was creating the illusion of control. I never felt better and rarely did better as a result. All I did was stress myself out and since stress is the enemy of willpower and mental strength it’s fair to say I was actually making the situation worse. I had to find a way to reduce stress and gain genuine control.

I found the key in “The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal PH.D. It is absolutely packed with useful and fascinating information but one of the most surprising…

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