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What is self sabotage?

Self-sabotage is when we actively or passively take steps to prevent ourselves from reaching our goals. This behaviour can affect nearly every aspect of life be it a relationship, a career goal, or a personal goal such as weight loss. Although very common, it is an incredibly frustrating cycle of behaviour that lowers our self confidence and leave us feeling stuck.

There are many reasons why someone may choose to self-sabotage but many stem from a lack of belief in ourselves.

Psychology Today provides good insight into why and how we self-sabotage. They say: “Substance abuse, turning to food, or procrastination can all be ways in which we self-sabotage. We may also self-sabotage by not committing to relationships or being a poor friend even when connection is what we truly want.”

This podcast episode will help us to identify the reasons why we make decisions that prevent us from reaching our goals and will identify how we can rise above it and meet our potential so we can stop self-sabotaging behaviour.

How do I know if I am self-sabotaging?

You should consider asking yourself these questions when you are failing over and over or are feeling stuck.

  • Am I prioritizing instant gratification?
  • Am I avoiding what needs to be done?
  • Am I not prioritizing self care?
  • Am I always procrastinating?
  • Am I focusing on self-defeating thoughts?


And we have 4 steps- inspired action steps- you can do today to end self doubt and stave off self sabotage.

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