Say It With Me...I AM Enough!
Take a moment to think about your life as you know it. To what can you attribute your growth or setbacks to? My growth can be attributed to failures and moments of deep self-reflection about who I am, and who I want to become. Those "failures" were actually lessons that prepared me for the success I would experience later in life. Many of my setbacks have been due to a lack of self awareness and striving to live my life according to someone else's expectations, and becoming a victim of the comparison game. (I won't go into too much detail with that topic because that's another topic, for another day... or blog post).
As I continue to reflect on my own path, I must say that I have lived a blessed life. I've had opportunities that others haven’t been able to experience. I've traveled abroad and domestically extensively. I've had a pretty successful career in a field that I love. I have been both awarded and acknowledged for my work in giving back and investing in others. I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends who are beyond generous with the time and energy they pour into me. I can't say I'm not grateful, because I am. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels as if I’m not enough.
Where does this question come from? How is it derived? What makes you feel as if you really have to stop and ask yourself: “AM I ENOUGH?”
Oftentimes this can be tied to self-critiquing, and feeling as if you should be further in some areas of life than you currently are. Other times, it might be linked to someone else projecting their problems or insecurities onto you. Whatever the reason, these false perceptions can produce limitations of being the best version of ourselves as we know it.
I’m sure this isn’t your first time hearing that you mind is powerful tool. However, what you may be overlooking is the possibility of having not only positive thoughts, but negative ones as well. If you think negative thoughts, you will likely experience negative occurrences in your life. On the contrary, if you affirm positivity in your everyday life, you will manifest an outpouring of what if feels like to be fulfilled, appreciative, and energized. This is called The Law of Attraction.
In order to live a positive life, we must begin with positive thoughts. Below are three ways to assist you in feeding your spirit, and combating the negative, self- limiting mindset
Start each morning acknowledging what you are grateful for. I do this by reading a scripture, showing my appreciation of what I have in life through prayer and professing the experience I will have during that day. Whatever method that works for you, I encourage you to employ that.
Surround yourself with people that will support your lifestyle. As harsh as this may sound, if they are not pouring into you and encouraging you to be the best version of yourself, then you need to let them go. Yes, I said let them go! Individuals with toxic energy feed on the vulnerable because it gives them a false sense of feeling better about themselves.. Why stay around stuck people? You deserve to be in better company.
End your day the same way that you started it- acknowledging what you are grateful for. You can reflect on it through prayer, by writing it down, or outwardly express it to someone that is a part of your "positive friend circle". Get into the habit of entering into a place of gratitude. You will begin to see things more clearly and appreciate what gifts and blessing you do have.
The purpose of this blog post is for you to realize and affirm :
"YOU ARE ENOUGH, AND YOU ARE WORTH IT"
YOU are worth the happiness in life that you desire.
YOU are worth taking a risk that you are hesitant about.
YOU are worth a life that you can enjoy to the fullest.
YOU are worth MORE than you are giving yourself credit for.
YOU have what it takes.
Now that we have acknowledged your greatness and disrupted those feelings of inferiority, here is another assignment for you. For the next 7 days, I want you to say the following statement out-loud every morning after you have acknowledged what you are grateful for…
"I AM ENOUGH!"
I’d love to hear from you, so let me know what difference this exercise has made in your life by commenting below or messaging me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a task that costs you nothing but your energy, time, and discipline. Will you make the investment?
In Passion & Purpose