| EP 410 – Self Compassion with Dr Kristin Neff

Author / Cali Hinzman

1 hr 15 min listen

Perfection is Not A Reality

Dr Kristin Neff [Twitter @self_compassion] of the University of Texas at Austin specializes in self-compassion. As a psychology professor she has spent much of her time researching and studying the idea. Not to be confused with self-esteem, self-compassion is not predicated on any previous success. It’s merely the deep understanding that perfection is an illusion and that failure is a part of the pursuit of something great. This does not mean that we strive to fail, but that we learn how to overcome it showing ourselves a bit of grace during the process. Perhaps most interestingly, Dr Neff explains the science behind why we show ourselves so little compassion when mistakes are made versus the compassion we show for others’ faults.

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Ask yourself this simple question: What do you say to yourself when you fail? Your inner monologue and self-talk may tell you everything you need to know about how you deal with setbacks. Not only that, it can explain why you struggle with your performance. Despite The Crew’s mantra that shame is an incredible motivator, we learn from Dr Kristin Neff [Twitter @self_compassion] that we may have been approaching motivation from a very poor angle. Shocker. This week, the meathead mentality takes a backseat to a little something called “self compassion”.

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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