Renewing/Resetting the Mind
A few weeks ago at one of our meetings, Lauren Settle, a local counselor from the area, (thank you again Lauren, you are wonderful!), talked to us about renewing and resetting our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. As many of you can imagine, this is not as easy as it sounds. It takes effort. It takes commitment. It takes practice. And, it takes time. A lot of time. I mean, think about it. The many thoughts we tell ourselves about who we are and how we act did not just pop up over night. They most likely formed from years and years of living in a particular place or circumstance which eventually sculpted our thoughts and beliefs into what we know of and think about ourselves everyday! For example, I have extremely low confidence. This did not happen overnight. My past relationships and feelings of insecurity and inferiority as a kid have pretty much shaped me into the frightened self-doubter I am today. (I am 46 years-old and still afraid to raise my hand and ask questions. Seriously? Seriously.) But, apparently, I can reverse this! I’ve really been working on it too. I acknowledged it for starters! And now, I know that if I tell myself otherwise everyday (I mean everyday people! I told you it takes serious effort and commitment) and I force myself to do things that demonstrate confidence (It takes action too and this is no mam-bee, pam-bee thing to do for someone with crazy anxiety.) I can change this part of my story. I can change that part of who I am. I’ve been doing it and it is working! It makes me so happy! I see more light in that aspect of my life now. I feel so much stronger and a little more in control and it is so awesome!! I highly recommend y’all try doing this. I would love to help you on your path to finding the wonderful parts of you that have been there this whole time anyway!