Silencing Your Inner Critic: Why Self-Compassion Is the Key to Success

One entrepreneur explains why he practices silencing negative self-talk

Aytekin Tank
Feb 10, 2020 · 6 min read
Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

“That presentation was a disaster.”

“No matter what I do, it’s not good enough.”

“My product is a failure.”

“I’m a failure.”

What is self-compassion?

A growth vs. a fixed mindset

“study after study shows that self-criticism is consistently associated with less motivation and worse self-control.”

Building stronger teams

“If people have fear and anxiety, we know from neuroscience that their threat response is engaged, their cognitive control is impacted. As a consequence, their productivity and creativity diminish.”

Authenticity and freedom

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Aytekin Tank

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Founder at www.JotForm.com || (contact: AytekinTank@JotForm.com)

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