It creeps around the edges doesn’t it? Waiting…like a predator. Then, something happens and you crack a bit and it oozes in.
And it happens to each of us. Something to lay us low, to cause us to forget our brilliance, to knock us down a few notches.
It happened to me this week. Something that made me wonder if I’m too old, if I’m not ‘fit enough’, if I don’t look the part enough of a fitness/yoga instructor. And when you’re in the middle of it? It can just make you feel like s(*&t. It can make you question everything – doubt e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
In places and spaces like that, you and I have two choices to make:
- Sink in and allow whatever is happening to sap us of our brilliance.
- Armor up and do battle.
I’m over hanging out in the first choice, so let’s armor up and kick insecurity’s butt.
First of all, what other people think of you is none of your damn business.
Second, you are absolutely unequivocally a treasure. A gift. And it doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, or what you can and can’t do. Just simply being YOU is the gift.
Third, remember this quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson
When the sticky ickies of insecurity start sniffing around, remember these three things.
And do AMAZING YOU. And SHINE.