Though I’d like to assume that I don’t think demeaning thoughts about myself, I’ve recently noticed a surprising reality. Often when I make a mistake, say something I regret, or do something selfish I find the words “that was stupid” bubbles out of my mouth involuntarily. I’ve actually now noticed it frequently enough to consider it a pattern that I’ve been unaware of for a very long time.
And though thinking “that was stupid” (which is pretty similar to “I am stupid”) is not in itself incredibly disrespectful, I want to change this reaction.
Now, every time I find myself thinking “that was stupid” I want to replace the thought with “I can do better.”
I think this small but meaningful shift will help me recognize the mistake I’ve made, and focus on making better decisions in the future.
No need to drag myself down. It’s time to correct the action and move on.