You Are Enough!!
Do you remember the first time that you realized you didn’t measure up? Or maybe it was a more recent experience where you found yourself in a situation holding the measuring stick. What I’ve learned over the past few years is, I can be my own worst enemy. I prevent myself from reaching out to others, following my dreams, taking the next step, being the best version of myself. I can tear myself down quicker than I can blink.
I have been doing alot of personal development. I found myself about a year ago in a situation where I was stunted by my own core beliefs. Do you guys know what I mean when I say core beliefs? I can get all therapeutic and scientific on you, but the gist is our core beliefs are the thoughts we have of who we think we are that run through our heads on a daily basis. This running theme starts when we are young and reinforced throughout the years. They can be encouraging and inspiring thoughts or they can be negative and self destructive thoughts.
I am an Enneagram #3. This is an Achiever. I find my worth in doing. My core belief is, I am not good enough. I will wake early in the morning and work until the sun sets. But the running theme in my head often is not so encouraging. When one thing goes wrong…...it’s a disaster. When I get a strange look from something I said, I can interpret that as, I am THE WORST person on the planet.
UNTIL I started filling my life with good words. So over the years as your core beliefs are created and embedded in your brain they become hard thoughts that you just seem to carry with you. If it is an unhealthy thought, you walk around with those on a daily basis. This is a HUGE burden to carry.
BUT there is a resolve. Just as easy as you tell yourself you are not good enough, or you are not (fill in the blank), you can start telling yourself that you are. You are good enough for the job promotion. You are good enough to teach that class, or run a 5K, or (fill in the blank). The resolve is to replace those thoughts with good ones!
How do we do that? I started really challenging my own thoughts and beliefs about a year ago. Intentionally replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Here’s a few tips that have helped me.
- I started listening to podcasts, my favorite is RISE with Rachel Hollis. SO encouraging and up lifting.
- I read scriptures because knowing who I am in the eyes of my Creator is KEY for me.
- I try to surround myself with people who are uplifting and encouraging.
And guess what? It works!!! When my thoughts start to slip back in to self destructive mode, I go listen to a podcast, or call a friend to speak truth into my life. This has been a GAME CHANGER for me.
When our Mud and Magnolias team was in Atlanta at the August Market, we came across a vendor named Good Works. We immediately knew this was a product that we wanted in our store. Their wrap bracelet was my personal favorite because it has many different encouraging words on it. Every time I wear it, I am reminded that I can and I will succeed. It’s a small reminder that when you speak good things to yourself, you will speak good things into this world. Our “Do Good” Initiative is a challenge for everyone to start doing good in the world. However, this starts with doing good to yourself!
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