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Does any of these statements apply to you?

My life often seems to be out of my control.

Much of my life is spent on other people's goals or problems.

I often get into trouble by assuming I know something when I don't.

I tend to expect the worst.

I often find myself saying, "I don't feel up to it".

The fear of appearing stupid often prevents me from asking questions or offering my opinion.

I have trouble taking criticism, even from my friends.

If I'm not perfect, I often feel worthless.

I have trouble focusing on what is really important to me.

I often wish I were someone else.

I often feel irritable and moody.

I find that when I really want something, I'll act impulsively to get it.

I waste a lot of time.

I often do not live up to my potential because I put things off to the last minute.

I spend time with people who belittle me or put down my thoughts or ideas.

If found six (6) or more of these statements to be true for you. You may be undermining your life in a major way. Begin now to identify and remove your barriers. An other name for these barriers is Self-Defeating Behavior.

What is a Self-Defeating Behavior (SDB)?

An SDB is any thoughts or behavior that effect a person's motivation and personal growth, along with having a negative impact on their relationships with family, friends and work environment. Examples of SDBs are through out our culture:

Criticizing others
Getting inappropriately angry
Authority problem
Negative self-concept
Alcohol and drug abuse
Rejecting Change
Unrealistic expectations

One person defined SDBs as, "It is something you do, and after you do it you are worse off." The definition of SDBs is:

"A self-defeating behavior is an action or attitude that once worked to help an individual cope with stressful experiences, but that now works against the individual to keep him or her from responding to new situations in a healthy way."

To be classified as a true SDB, a behavior or thought must have worked for you at one time or another in your life, or at least led you to believe that it worked. You believe that because a SDB worked in the past, it will continue to work in the future. For example, a man walking down the street on a winter's day in February. He is hit in the head by an icy snowball. Not wanting to endure this type of pain in the future, he picks up a garbage can cover that he finds laying in the street. He holds this garbage can cover in front of his head to avoid any future icy snowballs. However, this man is very much afraid of the pain of an icy snowball, so he continues to carry this garbage can cover in front of his head through the summer months also. As a consequence, people then stay away from him. The garbage can cover is like abusive behavior. People use abusive behavior to solve problems or handle stress or take control. But all these are only a temporary solution. In the long run the behavior fails, leads to more problems.

Do you want to stop sabotaging yourself?

Are you tire of the pain?

Do you Honestly want to change?

Are I willing to do what it takes?

If YES, call or email us and we will to help you with the process of:

Identifying Your Self-Defeating Behavior

Identify How and Why You Keep Them

Identify a Replacement Behavior

Take the credit for the changes you have made!!!

People who learn and work through the process can make life-giving changes in how they behave and, just as important, in how they feel about themselves. However, the process is only effective for people who have begun to own their behavior. It's extremely rare for positive change to work for people who continue to disown their thoughts and actions, because change begins where disowning or denial STOPS.

I can help you make the change!!!

THE BOOK: Self-Defeating Behaviors : Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney, Robert E. Hardy (Contributor)

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"Insanity is doing the same behavior and expecting a different outcome."

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