Silencing Self-Doubt

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” This poem written by Marianne Wiliamson speaks to me because I have asked myself these same questions over the years. Who am I to be great? I have silently wondered if I were good enough more times than I care to admit. Many of us share this internal dialogue that does more harm than good. We tell ourselves that we are not smart enough, creative enough, or beautiful enough to have the things that we desire. Or, there may be other people unintentionally bruising us by laughing at our ideas, or dismissing our accomplishments. Our minds begin to repeat these doubtful thoughts until they overwhelm us, and often become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We accept as true that we are not good enough, and begin to act like it. We hide our gifts and talents, expect the worst in relationships, or abandon ideas because no one else believes. These thoughts must be put to rest. You must become comfortable believing in yourself and becoming your own biggest fan. Don’t wait until you accomplish something great to start believing you are good enough. At this very moment — when all is not well–and nobody knows your name, you are still great. Your talent is there, even if the world hasn’t seen it yet, and it is OK to shine. The reality is, you may not be as good as someone else, but that doesn’t mean you’re not good enough, nor does it mean you can’t be successful. The most successful people, are those who believe in themselves when no one else does. So,…

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I’m Failing…

One day recently, I woke up and realized that I have been failing at life. I am not a failure, but I have failed to put my wisdom and intuition to good use. Instead, I have wandered through life accepting whatever comes along, instead of creating the life I deserve. I know that I am the master of my own universe and life is truly what we make it. I know this, I have studied this, I truly believe this, and yet I still have not applied it. The result is a life that is enjoyable, but not fulfilling. My creative nature craves an outlet of expression that I have yet to engage in. It is not for lack of possibilities, but rather lack of effort. I would love to use my creative energy to manifest a better life, and there really is no excuse for not having done so. Going forward I hope to apply the principles that I’ve learned in order to create a life worth living. It is not too late to stop failing at life and start fearlessly following my passion. I don’t want to waste another day going through the motions. There is a world of opportunity available to those of us who are willing to take advantage, so I will begin now, to do things that ignite my passion for life, and I encourage you to do the same. It’s not about competing with others, or even meeting social norms. It is more about tapping into the things that light up your life, make you smile inside, and bring you peace. I challenge you to stop failing at life, and join me in creating a life worth living.