Why are we better at forgiving others than we are at forgiving ourselves?
Why do we give others the benefit of the doubt, but not ourselves?
I'm asking myself this as I think about what I'd like to do in the new year.
When I think enthusiastically about getting fit, losing weight, and feeling better, when I feel happy about the new start, there's another voice in my head as well -- the one that says, you never should have gained the weight, you're a slacker, you have given up on programs before, why will this be any different?
I would never think that way about a friend who had goals for the new year, and yet I easily fall into that trap when I think about myself.
Can't we just forgive ourselves and move forward? Why must we exact punishment from ourselves? It certainly isn't motivating, and it serves no good purpose that I can see, and yet I still am harder on myself than I am on anyone else.
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