Have you ever had a deadline for a big work project, only to find yourself down to the wire because you spent too much time on social media? Or gotten excited about meeting someone new, only to convince yourself he isn’t really interested? How many Januarys have you resolved that this is the year you’re finally going to lose the weight, only to abandon your diet in just a few weeks? If these scenarios sound familiar, you are stuck in a cycle of self-sabotage.
At one point or another, we’ve all done something that undermines our best interests and intentions. Even the most successful people get in their own way—often without realizing it. In Stop Self-Sabotage, licensed clinical psychologist, tenured professor, and television personality Dr. Judy Ho takes a fresh look at self-sabotage to help us answer two vital questions: Why do we do it? How do we stop?
Combining therapeutically proven strategies with practical tools and self-assessments, Dr. Judy teaches you how to identify your triggers, modify your thoughts and behaviors, find your true motivation, and unlock your willpower to stop this vicious cycle in its tracks. Practical and transformative, Stop Self-Sabotage is your ultimate guide to jumpstart lasting, positive change and start living the life you want.
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Table of Contents
Preface: What's Holding You Back? vii
Introduction: Why We Get in Our Own Way 1
Step 1 Identify Self-Sabotage Triggers 41
Step 2 Deactivate Your Triggers and Reset the Thermostat 79
Step 3 Release the Rut! Rinse and Repeat: The Basic ABCs 125
Step 4 Replacement, Not Repetition 165
Step 5 A Value a Day Keeps Self-Sabotage Away 199
Step 6 Create a Blueprint for Change 233
Conclusion: A Look Back and the View Ahead 251
Appendix I Blueprint for Change 257
Appendix II Self-Sabotage Busters 259
Appendix III Pleasant Activities List 267
Appendix IV Assess Your Motivating Operations Chart 269
Appendix V Values Cards 271
Further Reading 287