January bullies can be the meanest. Sometimes they show up on the 1st when you look into a mirror and wonder "What have I been doing with my life?"
Sometimes they show up around the 15th when they shout "Who do you think you are? You'll never do this."
And sometimes they squirm in our brains when we wake up night after night from another failed attempt to change our lives. January bullies can be relentless and if they get any traction they can wipe out a whole year before we know it.
So what will you do when the inner critic, the saboteur, the judge, starts bullying you for poor choices or things you messed up ? How will you respond to the "I told you so" or "You such a loser?"
First, let me say that the bully can only survive if you feed them with anything that contributes to their power. When we do, think or say things that we know are out of alignment with who we are, we feed the bully. When we repeat self-sabotaging behaviours or perpetuate negative thoughts, we feed the bully.
We are all human and we will all fail once in a while. January bullies depend on us staying down when we trip. The best way to tame a January (or any) bully is to get right back up, give yourself a big pat on the back and begin again!