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Are you too hard on yourself? Do you hold yourself to the highest standards and demand perfection? For many entrepreneurs, self-compassion and being nice to yourself usually aren’t at the top of the to-do list.
It’s common for business owners and high achievers to put pressure on themselves as a way to motivate, perform, and succeed. (And you might not even notice the negative ways you speak to yourself.) While this may be effective in the short term, ultimately it’s harmful and doesn’t produce the desired results in the long-term.
Self-compassion is essential for entrepreneurs to succeed sustainably. When most people think of self-compassion, it’s usually associated with complacency or lack of ambition and drive, when it’s actually the opposite. It turns out (and research shows) that self-compassion is highly effective for helping increase motivation and achieve your goals.
This week’s Beyond Influential guest, Dr. Kristin Neff, is a pioneer and one of the most influential researchers in the field of self-compassion. Nearly 20 years ago, she conducted the first self-compassion empirical studies, including setting the standard to define and measure it and has been leading the way since.
She has authored several bestselling books that I can recommend, including Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.
Her newest book, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive, is a must-read for all women.
Self-Compassion for Business Success as an Entrepreneur with Dr. Kristin Neff
On Ep. 173, we cover:
- What is self-compassion & how it’s different from self-esteem and empathy
- The two types of self-compassion: Fierce vs. tender
- Myths and misunderstandings around self-compassion
- Why self-compassion is more effective than criticism for successful achievement
- How self-compassion increases your ability to be authentic
- How to practice self-compassion, why it’s especially important for women, and more!
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Self-Compassion Books by Dr. Neff
I highly recommend Dr. Neff’s books (and workbook!)—all three are great!
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive
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