I have always listened carefully when others speak. I don’t just listen when they speak to me, I listen to all sorts of conversations that go on around me too.
I learned a long time ago why many people do not live well. I understand why they have problems at work and in relationships; they just don’t hear how they speak to themselves.
Have you ever asked anyone what they wanted out of life? Have you asked them about their goals and the things that they wanted to accomplish? Of course you have. Now, how many of those that you have had this conversation with have automatically said to you, here are my life’s goals and then watch them lay them out systematically? How many? I bet one or maybe two. I can almost guarantee that you had more people say that they did not really know what they wanted out of life. Or maybe those who knew what they wanted, but wasn’t doing anything to accomplish them.When you asked them why weren’t they pursuing their goals, they gave you a million excuses why not. Excuse ranged from “I am waiting for my children to grow up and get out of the house” or “I just have too much going on right now”
Well, we tell ourselves many things, don’t we? Evaluate what you tell yourself about you. Look deeper at your excuses. Is it that you are waiting for your children to grow up and get out of the house? Really? Is it that you just have too much going on right now? Seriously? Or could it be that you have just talked yourself out of believing that you can? Do you tear yourself down? Do you tell yourself constantly how stupid you are? How dumb you are? How unintelligent? Maybe that’s the real problem. Maybe you have talked yourself out of pursuing your goals because you just don’t think better of yourself.
I want to challenge you to think about what you say to yourself about yourself. If you tell yourself that you are beautiful, smart, “all that” you will probably feel that way, even when you don’ feel that way. However, if you are constantly reminding yourself of all of your faults, your shortcomings and your areas that are weak, you can bet when you are having a tough time, these will become more pronounced.
Love yourself. There is only one of you and you are uniquely wonderful.