My own worst enemy is almost always in my own mind, that voice that tells me I can’t, shouldn’t or couldn’t possibly achieve what I would like to do. This is an outdated survival mechanism left over from childhood it once served a purpose but now only limits my potential. As I grow older the voice of criticism that I hear and entertain works to destroy my confidence, lower my self-esteem and significantly limit what I am capable of achieving. it is time to Get rid of that voice or at the least, pay very little attention to what it says. Here are a few of my favorite methods for limiting or eliminating my own worst enemy and learning to listen to positive self-talk.
“You were born an original.
Don’t die a copy.”― John Mason~Be Original
You are a one of a kind original human being so there is no excuse not to be original. There is nobody else out there who is exactly like you. There has never been one like you and there will never be another one like you. That is a fact, that can’t be disputed. It is baffling that even though we all naturally contain this original spirit, our society seems to spend a lot of time trying to make us all view life, live life and experience the things in life all the same. That is a tragedy because becoming a copy will destroy your originality and along with it the gifts you bring to the world. Don’t let it happen be original and don’t apologize for it.
Do Not Go Where the Path May Lead, Go Instead Where There Is No Path and Leave a Trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson -The Authentic self
Being a true original is difficult to do today. The media inundates all people with numerous messages of what we should aspire to be, what clothes are acceptable to fit our persona, what beverage to drink and even which medications we should take to alleviate any minor problem. You have to wonder if there is room for a person to be a total original. Then you meet or see one and you know it exists and that means the authentic self-exists in you. Blaze your path and leave a trail for others to follow.
Life has a plan for our lives. That is something that is becoming clearly factual to me. Each of our experiences is brought into our consciousness for a reason and our job is to glean the lesson, understand the content and grow onto the next adventure. The challenge is to be able to get the lesson, not be overwhelmed and lose your way. I am sure there is a path for all of us. Follow your passion for discovering where your path will be leading you.
One of the most common blocks people face in accomplishing their goals is the worry about what others might think of your choices, behaviors or talents. How often have you stopped doing something because you didn’t want to look foolish or be picked on by someone else? This is a limiting thought that can be easily changed if you start to focus on what you are doing in the moment and forget what others are thinking about it, you will enjoy life a whole lot more and find success as well. There are several simple reasons that this is true.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”
― Henry Ford
What It Means To Think
The ability to think is a craft that has been too often disregarded by the majority of people today. There are so many other things that we let fill our minds rather than pure unadulterated thought, and when we do use our thoughts they are often twisted, negative vines of gossip or judgment that do no positive good to ourselves or anybody else. The good news is that it is not too late to learn to focus on the moment and allow your thoughts to lead away from the negative and toward the positive of creativity and creation.