Stylized line drawing of mark playing the flute

Focus on the things you did right

It’s easy to get down on myself.

Some days, there’s a constant stream of self-doubt running through my head.

The best thing to do is counter each negative thought with a positive one.

β€œYou were so slow this morning and you only ran 3 miles!”

β€œYeah, but I ran 8 miles on Sat and I crushed it. Plus, I still dragged my ass out of bed and ran.”

β€œYou got up in the middle of the night and ate a bunch of shit!”

β€œYeah, but dinner last night was pretty wholesome.”

β€œYou need to lose 30lbs!”

β€œThat’s probably true. But I exercise and ride my bike to work every day. My blood pressure and resting heart rate are the lowest they’ve ever been and my biometric screening came back with awesome results. I feel good so I’m not going to stress about a number”

β€œYou don’t spend enough time with your kids!”

β€œFirst of all, they’re at an age where they don’t want to spend as much time with me. I do lots of things with them and, most importantly, they like each other. That was always the priority. They’re good kids and I’m doing a good job.”

β€œYou did something super stupid at work today!”

β€œYeah, but I fixed it and I made notes so I don’t make the same mistake again.”

I refuse to let my brain sabotage me. Whatever my many flaws are, I’ve accomplished lots of things I’m proud of.