Can your ego help you to accomplish more? Sure.
Can your ego get in your way and keep you from reaching your goals? Also, yes.
It is important to recognize when your ego is pushing you and when it is a roadblock; there is a fine line between confidence and ego.
Everyone’s ego manifests differently. It could be that you worry about succeeding at all things you try, or that you need to be better than the person next to you. A negative ego; one that causes you to compare yourself and feel fear or jealousy can really take a toll on your life and relationships. Of course, we all want to be at the end of our journey (be it fitness, career, etc.) but we all need to remember that this period of growth and failure in the middle is what makes us human and what keeps on the path. What you may consider a “failure” is actually an opportunity for growth.
You can take that experience and determine what worked, what didn’t work, and try again. That’s how we get better. It’s natural to fear failure - it’s an uncomfortable feeling. But from failure comes the next right step.
So how can you reset your ego?
Journaling is a great way to take stock in your mental status and reset a negative mindset. Try starting here:
- 5 things that you are grateful for (little things matter).
- 10 things you did well today.
- 2 things you learned.
- 1 area where you can grow.
Take a few minutes each day to actually write these things down and see how your mindset changes.