The lesson I learned…
I can’t do it.
I will fail.
It will not be perfect.
I will be embarrassed.
I don't know what I'm doing.
I will make a mistake.
That mistake will set me back.
I’ll never make it through.
I should be…
I’m supposed to…
I don’t feel right.
I’m so uncomfortable.
My skin doesn’t seem to fit.
Do I fit in?
I feel like I don’t belong.
Why am I different?
It must be that I’m not trying hard enough.
I’ll try harder.
I’m afraid I’ll say something stupid.
I’m scared to do it wrong.
They can do it better.
I’ll leave it to them.
I’ll just make a fool of myself.
I’ll be an embarrassment.
They'll discover I'm not perfect.
They'll know I'm not worthy.
They have what I want.
Why can’t I have it?
Because I’m not them.
I don’t have what it takes.
Why do they think this is nice?
It’s too much pressure.
How can they be so at ease?
Look at them smiling while I feel like crying.
I'd give anything not to be here.
Should I be here or there?
Should I be standing or sitting?
Should my eyes be opened or closed?
I don’t know what to do.
I hate this.
What will they think?
Is it the right choice?
I know they're going to judge me.
I shouldn't do it.
I think it might be wrong.
Even though it feels right to me.
Overcoming the lesson…
I found my confidence when I started living for myself.
When I stepped into my purpose.
When I began living my life authentically.
When I stopped pretending to be someone I was not.
When my actions began to align with my values.
When I stopped trying to be them and started to be me.
When I learned to trust myself.
When I discovered that mistakes and failure are part of success.
When I learned it’s ok not to be perfect.
When I started to share the real me.
When I found my tribe.
When I discovered the beauty in my life.
When I discovered the beauty in my soul.
When I applauded my accomplishments instead of picking them apart.
When I gave myself due credit.
When I created boundaries.
When I stopped judging.
When I took chances.
When I said yes to things that scared me.
When I fell flat on my ass and got back up.
When I kept going, even after discovering I was now on my path all alone.
When I decided to have faith.
When I reclaimed my power.
When I told myself a better story.
When I told my inner critic to shut up.
When I turned down the mic on my outer critics.
When I said, F*ck it, I'm doing it.
When I stopped being so afraid.
When I stopped trying to fit in.
When I embraced what makes me different.
When I realized I have superpowers.
When I owned my story.
When I stopped caring if I was doing it right and started doing it the way that felt right to me.
When I accepted my journey. Nothing can set me off course. It’s all part of the course. I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
We may have learned some terrible lessons, but we’re not stuck with them.
We can overcome them.
I believe in me.
I believe in you.
Until next time…