The world is full of enemies. Some of them we know like that guy you are competing for a promotion with. Or the guy who stole your favorite yogurt out of the fridge even though you wrote in big letters “DO NOT TOUCH”. Some we don’t know – that infomercial guy that is yelling at you and telling you that you have been doing your life wrong and you really need to buy that awesome equipment that takes all the calories out of a cake to flip your life around.
There is one enemy most of us don’t see as an enemy, yet we pass them every day – YOU. That’s right, as much as you love yourself, the person in the mirror can be your biggest enemy. You look in the mirror every day and tell yourself that you should be doing better. You may say crazy things such as “I will never get that,” or, “I’m not good enough”
We are the one person that we always listen to. I mean why wouldn’t we? We know everything, right? Wrong. The second we think we can’t do something, we are throwing in the towel at ever accomplishing anything.
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If someone told you, “You’ll never be able to do that,” you would maybe consider them some level of an enemy and want to prove them wrong. When you say to yourself “I’ll never be able to do that,” you instantly listen.
Fear is the worst part of ourselves that we listen to. We may be working hard towards a wonderful dream or goal, but our fear inhibits our dream from happening. Fear is the big bully in the room, but instead of taking our lunch money, he takes away hopes and dreams and any chance of becoming successful.
In Jon Acuff’s new book DO Over, he mentions, “Fear loves wasted potential and missed opportunities.” When we give into ourselves we are letting fear win, which undoubtedly makes us lose. I don’t know about you, but one thing I never want to be is a loser.
We will never be able to destroy fear. It lives everywhere and breathes every second of every day. What we can do is stand up to it and not listen to ourselves. We want ourselves to be our biggest supporter, not our biggest enemy.
Next time you want to listen to a crazy idea from yourself about how you aren’t good enough, or how you’ll never be able to do something, please try to find someone else that will help support you. Stand up to the bully known as fear, so you can keep your amazing hopes and dreams in your pockets, instead of spilled all over the lunch room floor.
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