Do you worry that there might be something wrong with you because you are still single?
Then, watch the above class, Self-Compassion for Quirkyalones! Let me know how it goes for you when you do the journaling exercise we do together to develop your self-compassionate voice, and what you learn from the others who attended live, and who shared so bravely and freely.
Here’s a full disclosure. I asked ChatGPT to list the top ten self-critical thoughts of single people. I wrote, “What are the actual self-critical thoughts that single people say to themselves? In quotation marks, inside someone’s head.” The AI machine spit out results, and I edited them to make them more real based on what I have heard from the people I have coached and talked with over the last 20 years, since publishing my first book Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics.
Note: I have mixed feelings about ChatGPT, and negative feelings about AI, so I am being transparent with you in service of keeping the human vibe going in my newsletter and blog. The robots are coming!
Here’s the edited list:
- “I’m still single. What’s wrong with me?”
- “Everyone else seems to be in a relationship. So, again, what’s wrong with me? Am I unlovable?”
- “Maybe I’m too picky. Maybe I should settle for someone to avoid being alone.”
- “I must be undesirable if I can’t seem to find a partner.”
- “If I were more attractive/confident/successful/not messy/some non-specific thing that no one could ever really say, maybe I’d have better luck finding a partner.”
- “I always mess things up in relationships. Maybe I’m just not cut out for love in this lifetime.”
- “I’m falling behind in life because I’m not in a relationship like everyone else.”
- “What if I end up alone forever? Will I regret my choices?”
- “Maybe I need to change myself to fit what others want in a partner.”
- “Will I ever find someone who truly wants to commit to me? Why would they want to commit to me? I have so many problems.”
Do any of these sound familiar?
The key to turning the self-critical voice around is first learning to recognize the thoughts as critical, rather than the “truth.” The second step is learning that another voice can take the mic.
Developing an “oh honey” self-compassionate voice can literally change your life. It has mine.
If you struggle with any of the above thoughts in your head, I implore you to watch the video above, an hourlong community free online class I taught to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first book Quirkyalone! This was an extraordinary gathering with wonderful people, and the information shared can make an impact on anyone’s life. Let me know what you discover in the comments.
P.S. We spend a whole month on self-compassion in Turned-On Living, my yearlong group coaching adventure that goes for real transformation in a curated group of women. I’ve noticed that developing the “oh-honey” self-compassionate voice is the game-changing first step, and the foundation, for any meaningful change. If we don’t work on self-compassion first, we lose all our energy beating up on ourselves as soon as we start to go outside our comfort zones.
If you want to build the life-changing skill of being kind to yourself, you have to practice. It’s not so different from going to the gym, or learning tango or any other dance. You have to practice to see results. The best way to learn anything new is to do it in community with others who share the journey. That’s why I created Turned-On Living as a curated small group program.
We get started in June. The group is forming now. Check out the page and see if it’s calling you.