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What is Self-Sabotage?

Self-sabotage is when you do or say something which makes it harder for you to achieve what you might reasonably want for yourself.

Examples of Self-Sabotage

Some examples of self-sabotage are:

Tips for Addressing Your Self-Sabotaging Tendencies

1. Identify specific ways in which you personally have a tendency to self-sabotage and consciously commit to doing the opposite the next time a situation arises where you might be tempted to self-sabotage in that way.

2. Make a list of all the advantages of not self-sabotaging and of instead acting in a constructive way in the problem situation. Remind yourself of those advantages when you feel weak.

3. Make a list of all the apparent or short-term payoffs for you of self-sabotaging in the problem situation and then ask yourself if there are ways in which you can achieve any of those payoffs without self-sabotaging.

4. Congratulate yourself each time you successfully avoid self-sabotaging.

5. Each time you attempt to avoid self-sabotaging but it doesn't work, don't be too self-critical but do see if there's anything you can learn about what will help you next time to be successful in your attempt to avoid the same self-sabotage.


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