I was dumbfounded when I stumbled across this article on Juicy Geniuses, which explained my deepest soul searching moments so well. They even compressed my experience into three simple (well, not that simple) steps:
- Listen within
- Be honest
- Take action
I used to be the type who would worry over everything and anything, and because of this I usually stood rooted in place, unable to move forwards or backwards. Life was a constant struggle of worrying about what was going on today, and what might go on tomorrow. Who wants to live in a constant state of fear and worry? I know I didn’t. I wanted to LIVE! Not stand in the shadows, afraid of going out into the sun.
So what did I do?
I shut that little voice in my head and just paused. I thought about where I was heading, whether I was happy. Are there incidences that keep repeating themselves in your life? What are they? Is there a certain feeling hiding in your heart that you can’t pinpoint?
Next, I had to be honest with myself. What is working in my life, what isn’t? I was always caught in financial crisis and family issues. But why? Why did these situations keep reoccurring? What is the root problem? What is really causing my problems? What am I so afraid of? Imagine your deepest secrets, fears, experiences, and, sometimes, desires lingering in the deepest, darkest corner of your soul. Are you afraid to turn on the light, and search deep within yourself to find honest, sincere answers? Most of us are, and don’t want to deal with all of the things we keep hidden within ourselves, so we stash it away, hoping no one else will see them. Many times the negative voice in our head is an automated self-defense mechanism that distracts you from a deeper, underlying problem, ensuring that you don’t turn on that light.
Now, it’s time to take action. What’s the point of asking all those questions if you’re not going to do anything about it? Every time I heard that irritating, negative voice I told myself to shut it up – and it did. I forced myself to look at situations from a positive light instead of a negative one. One of my biggest problems was my lack of faith in people, so I forced myself to see the good in a person every single time I met them, rather than just judge them on the spot. And it made a huge difference.
Two years ago, I made the decision to change the life I was living. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t immediate and I’m still figuring out my way through this journey. But, the best part is, I’m excited about tomorrow and I can’t wait to find out what the future brings. And I want you to feel the same way, too. Kick that doubting, negative voice to the curb and try out those 3 simple steps yourself.
Check out the original article here.