Did you know that we all self-sabotage? To one degree or another we all can be our own worst enemy. One of the ways we do this is through unrealistic expectations. Perhaps the most common and dangerous of these unrealistic expectations is the belief that if we aren’t happy, something is wrong with us.
If you recall, a few weeks ago I reviewed Dr. Russ Harris’s book, The Happiness Trap. In it Dr. Harris discusses how we can use principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to overcome the expectation that we should always be happy. This week I take a deeper dive into ACT, with a focus on specific ACT skills you can implement in your own life.
While ACT is most often taught in clinical settings, these principles are incredibly helpful for anyone looking to break through unrealistic expectations and live a more meaningful and happy life. ACT helps you identify your thoughts and feelings, whether they are helpful, and how to relate to them in a new way. Far from numbing or ignoring feelings, ACT is focused on helping you live a meaningful life despite the challenges you face.
ACT is powerful, today’s podcast is all about helping you apply these principles to your life. I also have an excellent freebie that outlines some of my favorite ACT skills so you can start using them today. Click below to download!
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