- Believing we haven’t got what it takes.
- Believing we can make someone like us.
- Wanting to control what others do or say.
- Believing we know nothing.
- Believing we know it all.
- Believing they know it all.
- Giving up (because we believe we can’t make it work).
- Not giving up (because we believe that quitting is weak).
- Pretending to be happy.
- Believing perfection = happy.
- Pretending we don’t care.
- Being our worst critic.
- Believing that what they say about us is always true.
- Believing we’ve got nothing of importance to contribute.
- Believing we’re boring.
- Believing we need to fix ourselves to succeed in life.
- Not taking the rest we need.
- Pushing away our feeling of discomfort.
- Wanting to be like someone else.
- Taking things too seriously.
- Not setting boundaries.
- Living out other people’s expectations.
- Forgetting to play.
- Believing a mistake is the worst that can happen to us.
- Never-ending worrying.
- Believing there’s a wrong and a right way to do things.
- Believing a never-a-doubt-or-worry-always-happy-never-a-cloud-in-the-sky life exists.
- Believing we should have been further ahead by now.
- Forgetting to be proud of where we’re at.
This blog post was triggered by the April Fools’ Day buzz – a day dedicated to fooling others. Yet there’s so many ways we – unknowingly and unwillingly – fool ourselves. Every day. And so I thought I’d come up with a – non-exhaustive (!) – list of ways in which we often fool ourselves.
Got some more ways in which we tend to fool ourselves? Let us know and share your wisdom below!
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