I am currently working hard on this, let me tell you. Because I have so much to overcome.
We teach that often during a crisis mode, it feels similar to being on a tightrope because every move counts. Every word counts. There is so much at risk.
I feel that way now. Because my ability to move forward on our projects WITH CONFIDENCE and with MY WHOLE HEART is at risk. Every word and thought counts right now.
You see, my thoughts have been holding me back.
My thoughts have been burning up energy that I'd like to have available for moving this work forward.
For example, this last year the darkest things in my heart have felt this:
"I don't have the energy to continue this endeavor and it crushes me."
"I am tired."
"Either this works or it's over. It will be time to do something else - something more secure."
"I don't know how much more I can go without making a livable income."
"I don't want to live in Ecuador anymore if this endeavor is going no where."
"I feel too weighed down to write."
But I am working on changing my language to this:
"I choose to follow my heart and continue what I started. Because not doing so would not be aligned with my deepest desires. Following my heart is the only way to truly thrive."
"My truth is worth sharing fully. When I do so - without worry about the future - I am present. I am love. And the world responds."
"Money is not why I started this. My needs are met. If I continue to share my truth and share love, I will continue to receive something more valuable than any amount of money I could make if I returned to a traditional job."
"We HAVE been successful already. Wildly successful. The lives that have hope because of the words here - the changes that have been experienced by thousands...this work is the most rewarding thing I've ever done."
"I can release the money that it will require to take some projects to the finish line. I can dedicate those funds to this effort. I can be at peace knowing it will not go to waste. There is no risk."
"This work is a joy. All the tasks before me...they are a joy. They lead to connection and community."
Feeling empowered is a gift.
It's a gift we give ourselves.
We give it by changing our thoughts.
It's that simple.
I'm feeling a shift. And I'm grateful.
Do you feel empowered as a person? What is it you would like to be empowered to do? Do you struggle, too, with thoughts & words that hold you back? If you'd like to practice change - feel free to share in the comments some thoughts you've struggled with and how you'd like to change them. I'm telling you, it's the key to everything.
P.S. This topic is one we cover at our retreats. We have an activity where people can be empowered by a new set of words - and people often just have tears streaming down their faces. It's an experience I wish everyone could have!