I have been feeling extremely vulnerable lately. The catalyst was a project I began working on, where my first step was to examine myself. Introspection is not something we do every day. When we do it, it is normal to feel a level of discomfort. I not only examined myself but asked some v. trusted confidantes to share their candid feedback as well. It was interesting to see how they reacted. Though we know each other well, at first they were a bit apprehensive. After all, they say “ignorance is bliss” for a reason…
When I heard the feedback, initially my reaction was, ” now what?” Perhaps I really hadn’t processed what I was asking. I looked at the weakness feedback and noticed commonalities. I understand that for me to grow, I need to acknowledge what is stunting my growth and create a path of progress.
There is danger with too much introspection. Like Narcissus, the more you stare at your reflection, becoming almost enamored with yourself and there is a dangerous of getting lost in it. I admit that for a moment, I found myself getting wrapped up in those flaws, obsessed with correcting them to the point of overcorrection.
I had to break the cycle.
Then I realized the point of the exercise. Don’t dwell on the flaws, the weaknesses. Don’t make excuses. Recognize them. Make it a choice of creating a better path forward. That is the key. Everything in life is a choice. This is where the power lies.
Quote of the day: ” learn who you are. what you can do and play to that.” -Jack Nicklaus
your self-esteem xo