Make no mistake about it: Embracing your truth and becoming the person you were meant to be is a war. You should be in a fighting mood. Not only are you opposing your own instinct to avoid the psychological pain involved with significant change, but you are opposing the instincts of others who may well discourage your exploration, especially if it puts them in touch with their own truths. And you are opposing the culture we live in that offers you every imaginable way to remain out of touch with the underlying psychological patterns that are limiting you, preventing you from freeing yourself to pursue your most heartfelt hopes and dreams.
It may be in the narrow interests of your business partner or spouse or friends or a parent to preserve the status quo and tell you it’s silly to reevaluate your life, and that you should just be happy with the way things are. But that is not in your best interest.
It may be in the best interest of insurance companies and some doctors to quickly prescribe medications when you feel anxious or down about your direction in life, but it is in your interest to make sure that you don’t opt for quick fixes (or certainly not for those alone) and also embark upon a real exploration of who you are and where your buried treasures of true self-esteem and self-possession are to be found.
Becoming the complete, confident, self-actualized person you deserve to be doesn’t mean just finding yourself; it means winning yourself back from forces aligned to keep your full potential hidden from you.
You can defeat them all handily. Because nothing is more powerful than a commitment to know your own life story thoroughly, including its early chapters and to imagine the most fulfilling and impactful ones that should unfold next. Keep moving with courage toward your truth and destiny, and ultimately nothing will be able to stand in your way.
Ask yourself this question: If you were watching a movie in which the main character had your life story and was confronting your challenges, what kinds of growth and achievement in that character would make you leave the theatre smiling?
All that awaits you when you join the epic battle to become yourSELF.
Dr. Keith Ablow
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