Why Guilt is Fruitless

17.10.15





















For me guilt is far more nonproductive, than it is motivating. I struggle to bounce back after feeling
guilty about something. Especially when it comes to goals or creative things that I want to be doing.


I've been trying to encourage myself recently saying,
"No feeling guilty, Anna. You haven't been in the studio for a few weeks, no worries. Just go back in and do something."



Guilt is negative; it focuses on failing, rather than successes. Negativity is poisonous. Often the negative thoughts about myself or a situation are exaggerated and are lies. I'll think self-destructive thoughts like, "I'm lazy. I'm no good." Rather than the truth which is that, I haven't been making art because I've chosen to rest and hang out with friends the past few weeks instead. I easily slip into these negative thoughts about myself, which are destructive.






Feeling guilty substitutes favorable action.  Guilt gets me into a selfish/self-loathing mind set, which makes me want to escape it instead of overcome it. Frequently, instead of going back into the studio, I sit around and surf the web on my phone, just trying to avoid feeling bad. A more healthy response would be to actively pursue the good that I want to be doing. It's good to feel good. It's good to think positively about me. Guilt takes the place of positive action. I don't want to give it that power anymore.

How do you stay positive and disregard guilty thoughts and feelings?




Thanks for reading lovelies...

Anna


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