There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen

How often have you started something, and then perceived yourself to have ‘fallen off the wagon’?

So, you stop.

That moment, is a lesson in self-compassion. 

If you believe that you are the only human being on the planet to ever have fallen short of your perfectionist expectations, it’s a long and critical experience of life. 

We ALL dip. 

If we practice self-compassion during the dip, we get up faster. 

Before we completely fall off. 

Try self-compassion on next time you take a dip, and beware of its ‘weird-feeling-ness’ since you’ve spent a lifetime (77% of your daily self-talk since you were a tiny kid) in self-criticism. 

Try a gentle touch on your hand, and say ‘{first_name}, it’s very normal that you {insert THE DIP behaviour}. You are under pressure, fatigued, and completely human. What would your best self do from here? What do you need right now?’

Then get up, and go do it.

We progress when there are cracks. Problem solve, stretch and enable new perspective.

We experience the gift of contrasting emotion in the cracks. We get to feel the joy when it returns.

You’re not a failure because you had a dip. You’re being called to step into your limitless human potential.

And self-compassion is your tool.

Take care and be well,

Erin xx