- You are not good enough,
- That doesn’t look good on you,
- You were not a good friend, daughter, mother, sister, father, brother
- You could have done better,
- They don’t like you,
- Your illness is going to get the best of you,
- You cannot overcome this,
- You can’t do it.
The list goes on. Growing up, I was always envious of those that had inner self-assurance. But perhaps what I saw was not the truth. On the outside things may look beautiful, but on the inside it could be completely different.
I believe we all struggle at times in our lives to measure up. Where does that measuring stick come from? Perfection…..
Is it something we create inside our heads? Based on what we hear and see?
Age softens doesn’t it? As we age, some of us evolve and realize that we are meant for more.
We are meant to thrive, not just survive.
We are meant to love fully and completely.
We are meant to live in the moment and be present.
The question is “How?”
But the How is largely up to you. Your friends, your family, your coworkers cannot help you. You need to help yourself. You need to stop the voice inside and realize that you are meant for more. YOU have the power to choose your response.
In the book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, he explains “When someone goes to the doctor and says, “I hear a voice in my head,” he or she will most likely be sent to a psychiatrist. The fact is that, in a very similar way, virtually everyone hears a voice, or several voices, in the head all the time: the involuntary thought processes that you don’t realize you have the power to stop.”
You do have the power to stop the voice. We have complete control of letting that voice spin out of control. Stop, pause, and reflect on where that voice is coming from, what is the source, and is it real? Or is it simply something you have created?
Living, thriving, loving every moment is dependent on YOU.
How do you choose to respond? Where is your focus?