Definition: Toxic behaviors are personal actions that are detrimental to the individual and to others.
Symptoms: Athletes have their share of individuals who exhibit very poor behavior. The drive to win becomes everything and athletes will cheat, lie, swear, fight, and say inappropriate things to their opponent. This behavior usually starts at a young age, and unless the parents intervene with authority, the athlete becomes his or her worst enemy. As they grow older their outlook on life is tainted and many show signs of depression, anxiety and isolation.
Solutions: At www.marcandangel.com, Marc and Angel Chernoff have joined with Kathy Caprino to identify a dozen of the most common negative behaviors that affect one’s well-being, relationships, and personal and professional growth in their article, “12 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away From You.” A conscious shift of mindset is necessary when you admit to being guilty of any of them.
1) Being envious of everyone else – Envy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Your journey is YOUR journey, NOT a competition. Be the best YOU can be, and if you want to measure your progress, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
2) Taking everything too personally – What people say and do to you is much more about them than you. Their reactions reflect their perspectives, wounds, and experiences. In most cases, it’s far more productive and healthy to redirect your focus from other people’s good or bad opinions
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