Whether you're just launching a startup, or in the process of growing your company, you're going to make mistakes, and it's going to take a toll on you.

We are usually much harder on ourselves than others. Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy.

You're going to experience failure from time to time. It's inevitable. But how will it affect you?

During stressful times, we can find ourselves falling into traps, such as negative self-talking--those damaging things we say to ourselves that get in the way of our own success. 

"There's no way this will work." "It's impossible." "I totally suck at this."

Stop being so hard on yourself!

You need to recognize when you're being hard on yourself so you can kill negative thinking.


Are you comparing yourself to others? Are you hiding or repressing your anger? Are you trying to do everything alone without a support system?


Below is an infographic with 12 simple and inspiring ideas from Anna Vital for how to stop being hard on yourself.

Her 12 powerful tips:

  1. Your mistakes are part of your learning. Learn to be resilient in the face of failure.
  2. Don't compare yourself to others because you aren't them. You're you, so accept yourself for who you are, faults and all.
  3. There is no right way to do anything. Don't limit your thinking to a right or wrong way--there's no right way to do the wrong thing, and no wrong way to do something right!
  4. Stand up for what you believe, even if it's unpopular. Make everyone understand your big, crazy ideas.
  5. Learn from people who criticize you. Don't let criticism get you down; let it inspire you to work you ass off!
  6. Accept your weaknesses as your "features". You aren't good at everything you do, but nobody else is, either!
  7. Look at your past as an adventurous biography. Your past isn't your identity and doesn't dictate your entrepreneurial destiny.
  8. Don't underestimate your talent until you apply it 100 times. Are you applying your natural talents?
  9. Every single problem you have is not unique. Put your problems in perspective and solve them faster.
  10. Intelligence is relative, self-esteem is not. Stay positive, take care of yourself, forget about being perfect, and always keep improving yourself.
  11. Express your anger in a creative way. Feel you anger, express it, and learn from it.
  12. Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. Having people you can trust and rely on will make you happier and feel better about yourself.

Check it out:

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Now start living it.