In this show we talked about the difference between “wanting” to be something versus knowing who you already are. If you are perseverant and focused on your strengths, you can access your best qualities all the time.
It requires practice to become your best self. You can have greatness within you but it won’t be realized unless you work with it. Just like you have to work your body to see changes in your muscles, you have to spend time honing your own qualities. You have to fine tune your instruments which are your mind, body and soul. One of the first steps to becoming strong is to attain inner peace. From a place of inner peace it will seem as though there are no obstacles, fear will disappear and action steps will become clear.
The question is, how can one maintain inner strength and conviction even when difficult life events and feelings come up? And, why do we sometimes keep thinking negative and worrying even though we know it’s self-destructive?
One reason is because much of our self-defeating talk started before we reached the age of 5. Prior to the age of 5 our brain is so receptive that it will assimilate any information it receives. After the age of 5, we repeat the same patterns we learned in infancy. Not only that, for our entire youth and even adulthood, we model the world based on what we learned at home. Sometimes what we modeled was downright insane yet most of us didn’t even know what we were doing or how destructive it was to us and those around us.
Spiritual growth/development takes work just like maintaining your house or your car or your body. If you neglect your mind, your emotions and your spiritual self, you will get the results that occur with all things that are neglected: deterioration, root rot, overgrowth, etc. Generally, most things that are neglected go wild, stagnate, decay and eventually die. If you want your mind to be healthy, you need to keep it filled with fresh ideas and you need to get rid of what’s not productive.
Another way we can abuse our minds is by “beating ourselves up.” Remember, you can’t grow something and chop it down at the same time. An important step in breaking free from beating yourself up is self-forgiveness and letting go.
Just because you let go doesn’t mean you deny your life history, instead, you focus on facts versus your story of limitation. For example, I could say I ran away from home, that is a fact. The story that hurt me was telling myself over and over again that I was “no good” and that the world could not be trusted. Know the difference between the facts and the story you made up about yourself. Drop any stories that are keeping you small because you could be beating yourself up with your own story even when you could be using that same story to lift yourself up. Don’t get addicted to your story, it can keep you strung out and stuck for decades. Decide instead what you want the story to be and take steps to make it happen.
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