I was chatting with a friend who wants to lose weight. She told me she'd worked out to a tough home exercise DVD. When I congratulated her, she immediately began minimizing her effort: "I didn't do it very well and it was just 20 minutes long," she said.
Her reaction saddened me and made me realize how much more accustomed we all are to judging and criticizing ourselves than giving ourselves credit for our achievements.
As a result, I have been making an effort to feel proud of myself for small achievements each day. It might be taking care of an errand I've been putting off. Or booking an appointment to see the dental hygienist. Or writing the outline for a new project.
Consider one way you could do yourself proud today - then do it - and celebrate. It's a great way to promote your inner coach and demote your inner critic.