It’s truly amazing how much a person can change within three short months.
For me, that change resulted in a brand new sense of who I was.
It resulted in a shift of how I perceived myself to be.
It changed my believe of what all I’m capable of accomplishing.
I feel like my whole life, I’ve spent most of the time in conversations with myself that resulted in criticizing me, putting me down and continuously asking myself why I wasn’t more ‘successful’ yet.
I know, I know…it sounds a bit extreme.
But it’s actually not as morbid as I make it out to be.
There were tons of times when I was grateful for everything I’ve achieved and who I was as a person.
I was – am – grateful because there is no one really like me, like you, like the person sitting next to you in that coffee shop.
However, I do want to focus on one particular aspect here in order to bring this essential point across.
So, stay with me.
Now, let’s continue…
At almost every stage of my life, I felt somewhat stuck.
I felt confused and lost.
I wanted to achieve more, always more.
I also wanted to give more but I wasn’t sure exactly WHAT.
Though, that wasn’t the worst part.
Do you know what was?
Finding out over these past three months and particularly while going on an extended trip through Europe and the U.S., that I was in fact capable of SO much more.
Why deep down have I always been so afraid and timid?
It’s a true miracle to find out that you are capable of achieving so much more once other people open up to you and are honest with you.
That is why I want to encourage you today to stop listening to yourself.
Yes, you read that right.
Stop listening to the voices in your head and their opinions of YOU.
And just once, open your eyes and EARS and try to see and listen to how other people around you perceive you.
You will be surprised.
You will be fascinated.
In fact, I’m almost ready to bet with you that the surprise – of how much ‘better, stronger, more capable, smarter, etc.’ other people perceive you than you perceive yourself to be – will shock you even more then finding a secret ghost hiding inside your bedroom closet.
What is it about human nature that makes most of us undervalue ourselves and overvalue what other people are capable of?
That under-evaluation, misperception and complete lack of objectivity and self-awareness in who we actually COULD be if we just shifted the view we had about ourselves, baffles me.
It baffles me even more now that I have seen it hidden deep within myself – despite focusing on self-development for the past ten years and always trying to continue to stretch the confines of my comfort zone.
I want to encourage you to do the same.
I plead you to loose that negative self-image of yourself that you have right now in whatever specific area of your life.
It is THE single most important factor that decides if you become successful in any field – or not.
It really is just all about YOU.
Think about it.
Don’t just give it a fleeting thought but seriously go deep here and ponder on it.
Or, like me, go on an extended trip ;).
How do you really see yourself?
And who are you really?
The difference will be like a light switch that you flip around and that will turn on the ‘power of objectivity’ inside your mind.
And guess what?
Your heart and your newly found self-awareness will have brought you one significant step closer to everything that you ever wanted to achieve – and be.