* Does that extra half an hour lying in bed stop you from doing something else?
* Sitting around with coffee and facebook a bit longer than you were planning to?
* Do you find yourself rushing around a lot and still getting to places late?
* Do you give yourself treats a bit too often?
* Do you buy expensive things when the budget is low?
When you are wanting a new way of being for yourself and work towards getting it but find yourself sabotaging your efforts, it could be that you are self indulging. There are many reasons for not doing what we are wanting to do, reaching our goals and living life well, I’m just going to focus on self indulgence for today.
There’s nothing wrong with lying in bed for ½ hour longer if you don’t have other things that you are wanting to accomplish. There’s also nothing wrong with treating yourself to ½ hour longer in bed now and then. It’s when it becomes a habit and messes up your day or many days because you are rushing around and arriving late for commitments and getting less of the important stuff done on a consistent basis.
Consistent self indulgence is self sabotaging
- Reaching for the sugary treats when we know that we don’t logically need them and then staring at the scale in horror as if it is the scale’s fault!
- Watching You-tube videos or browsing the internet instead of getting ready in the morning and then being late for an appointment – then moaning at yourself and feeling hopeless about often being late.
- Saying “I will start exercising tomorrow” everyday and somehow never getting around to it.
- Procrastinating on a work project because it’s too hard or too boring and then rushing like a maniac to get it finished at the last minute.
Can you notice the self sabotage? Can you see yourself in any of these scenarios?
Of course we should treat ourselves and live life happily but it would benefit us more to balance that pleasure with self discipline, prioritising, being organised and responsible.
What do you think? (I’m genuinely interested and would love to have your input).