You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.– Sophia Bush
For some reason unbeknownst to me, my confidence waned this summer. I lost the wind that kept me flying high and high on life.
Spending my second summer in Germany amplified a few negative feelings I have been struggling with. This, in turn, motivated me to get to the source of the problem and in doing so, I have stumbled upon a couple “self-help” tactics that actually help!
After returning home, I stumbled upon this quote. While using a technique I recently learned in one of my many “self-help” workbooks, I took the time to evaluate why I was feeling so down and why I was lacking confidence.
It didn’t take long for me to pinpoint the problem.
~ I allowed the negativity from another to build a nest in my mind and as it grew bigger, it slowly began to poison my thoughts. A slow drip of poison that managed to stifle my excitement and make room for doubt to creep in.~
Most upsetting to me is that I should know how to better control my moods by now… right? Then once again, life revealed more of itself to me and I realize that I have had the tools all along, I just didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t believe in the chapter I was writing, and if I can’t convey belief, nobody else would beleive in me either.
This is unacceptable to me, so I set out to identify the problem, strengthen my resolve, and solve it. Reminding myself along the way that I determine my value, I determine what I can accomplish. Period.
With my whole heart and mind, I remind myself that I am worthy of the good things in life… and I wish for nothing more than to help others find their center in the world. I open my arms to others in need of inspiration and I freely share what I know to help others live their best life.
Never losing sight of the goal, accepting and embracing that I am always a work in progress, until my very last breath.
I believe that I am a masterpiece… full of grace and kindness… and also a work in progress. A life-long process to help others as I work on myself continuously.
Do You Understand Your Worth?
I meet people all the time who are not aware of their worth. The story they tell themselves is one of low self-esteem and low self-respect, without giving themselves any credit for the enormity of what they accomplished. Let me give you an example.
I have a friend who has been an athlete for years. Often participating in athletic events taking place in various locations across the United States. Sometimes this friend sets a “PR” (personal record) and sometimes takes the podium upon completing the competition. Sometimes this friend is last.
Regardless if this friend takes the podium or not, the amount of training and hard work to compete in the first place is something to be crazy proud of, yet this friend constantly berates themselves for being so “slow”. In fact, this friend will verbally berate someone else for complementing them.
This breaks my heart for my friend. Somehow, somewhere, this friend was made to feel as though they were not enough and that lack of self-esteem has followed them throughout their entire adult life.
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