How can you start relying on yourself, while feeling capable, confident, and resilient?
The first step is through awareness.
As soon as you increase your awareness and acceptance of the full range of your feelings – pleasant and unpleasant – your experience of yourself and your sense of being capable in the world starts to change in a very positive way.
Think about what you do and really take time to ponder that statement.
Once a person is able to tolerate unpleasant feelings, everything else changes, too.
There is an almost immediate experience of growth, movement, and momentum.
You are likely to feel stronger and more empowered; you become willing to speak up and have difficult conversations, take risks that once felt too difficult or frightening, and be more motivated to actively pursue dreams that previously felt out of reach.
As you heighten your self-awareness and openness to the full range of your feelings (pleasant and unpleasant), you will likely find that you’ll develop a greater capacity to tolerate, face, bear, embrace and express as much of your moment-to-moment experience as possible.
Typically, the greater your self-awareness and willingness to stay present to your experience, the more capable you become in negotiating all aspects of life.
This week’s actions step:
Once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, pause for a few moments to notice what you are thinking and feeling. Consider your thoughts and feelings as information. The next step is to identify how you would like to make use of this information – to make a decision, to express yourself, or to take some specific action.
Dr. Joan Rosenberg
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