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5 Truths to Remember when you Feel like you are Not Enough.

 

We all live with moments, days or weeks of self-doubt.

These are times that make us feel inadequate and over-conscious of our long list of flaws. They’re occasions that make us question our purpose, our image or our identity, forcing us to wonder if we just aren’t enough.

The frequency in my moments of self-doubt has increased since putting my thoughts out into the world in writing. If I did not receive the feedback I desired, I immediately started questioning my purpose and my goals and harping on whether or not people were just perceiving me as strange. I started a negative spiral of focusing too much on where I fell short while comparing that list to where others seemed to flourish.

I quickly realized that these emerging insecurities would break me down if I didn’t stand up to them.

I recently read my results on a personality inventory. It told me that I am sensitive (I knew this) and that I often base my perceptions of myself through how I feel others perceive me. This hit home not because I felt it was unique to me, but because I hadn’t realized before the power of the key word: perception.

Since then I have identified a simple fact: it is my own negative thinking that hinders me. I am the one who attaches meaning to a rejection, a comment or a lack of traffic on my articles. I am the one who keeps taking things personally. I am the one attacking myself for not succeeding as quickly as I would like.

Since realizing this, I have learned how to replace that negativity with self-encouragement, a dash of harsh reality and words of kindness.

Here are some things I have told myself to snap out of it:

1.  If we believe that we are only on this Earth for a limited time, then who cares if people think we are weird?

At the end of the day, what are we living for if we aren’t fighting to be the best version of ourselves, if we aren’t pushing the envelope and shoving ourselves into situations where discomfort is all encompassing? I am not going to get buried 6 feet under or have my ashes thrown out to sea without knowing that I made some kind of name for myself. It’s not happening. If death is the biggest thing to fear, someone thinking I’m weird pales in comparison.

2. F*&k it.

If I’m living authentically, if I’m riding my train straight into a place that feels right for me, I’m going to keep riding. There are going to be people or places or moments along the way that make me feel like I’m not good enough and that is okay. As long as I stay true to who I am, as long as I keep working to grow and learn and try— I will be ahead of the game.

3. So what if someone seems to be having a better time than me?

I have gone through periods of comparing myself to others. Individuals who appear to be living a life I would rather have, who are chasing their dreams with fearless relentlessness and trekking out into the unknown to vibe with whatever comes up. I now fight this with a blunt, ‘make more of your time then!’ or a ‘keep pushing until this life feels like the blessing it is supposed to be.’

4. I count my own blessings.

I remember that it could be so, so, so much worse. I snap myself out of it because I am pretty damn lucky. I remind myself of my talents, accomplishments, loved ones and life experiences. I fight against drowning in my weaknesses by soaring with my strengths.

5. I remind myself that I am enough.

I will continue to be enough no matter what I am pursuing, who I am with, where I am going, or what I am fighting for. I am enough because I say so. I have power over my thoughts and my self-image and that is enough.

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I will continue to remind myself of these things when those moments of doubt inevitably creep back in again. But they won’t stay around for long—they have no place in my happy heart. They have no place in yours either.

Live your authentic life, pursue your dreams and remind yourself over and over again that you are enough just the way you are. You rock out at things I could only be in awe of and the same goes for me. Use your talents, find your voice, grab the reigns and take off.

 

Relephant: 

Women: I can’t call you Beautiful, because it’s not Enough.

Relephant bonus: How to quickly wake up our minds to the present moment:

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Author: Alissa Lastres

Editor: Alli Sarazen

Photo: Flickr/Andrea Rose

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Stephanie Mar 18, 2016 12:26am

Thank you for posting this, I have times when I think I am my own biggest criticizer . Trying to fit myself into the perfect cookie cutter lifestyle that most people seem to fall into and failing most of the time…I am different and it's nice to read something that makes me feel that is ok . We all have one life to live , why not try to be happy and yourself.

Himani Dec 28, 2015 8:05am

Thank you Alissa. I can’t express what your words mean to me at this moment. They have enlightened me in ways nothing else could. I sure will re-read this article till I don’t imbibe it completely. Lots and lots of love to you!

Tom Dec 9, 2015 2:18am

Today was a really tough day at work. I was feeling I am breaking down and everything is bad. Was feeling very bad about myself and everything just seemed so negative. And then i came across this post. This helped me a lot. You helped me a lot. I had to say thank you.

Amazing writing.

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Alissa Lastres

Alissa Lastres is on a journey to discover what makes her soul happy. She believes it to be a continuous process as we are all always learning and growing. She has a background in psychology, mental health counseling, and career counseling and specializes in emerging adulthood. She uses yoga and its teachings to stay grounded and authentic and writes with the hope that others can find their authentic selves and own it. She is inspired easily, thrives on new experiences and believes traveling is good for the soul. Read more of her work on her website or connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.