Recently, I had an encounter with someone I really care about. This person is quite vocal about their strong belief in a limited path to success. I was not in a position to escape the conversation, so I heard everything they had to say.
It was painful and awkward, and honestly, what they were saying would have rocked my foundation last week, when I was experiencing some frustrations. As I reflect on the convo, I realize how valuable it is to find ways to build ourselves up internally. My meditation practice earlier that day was phenomenal, and had been all that week. Thank gawd because it really saved me. I was able to hear their perspective and not apply it to myself. Their words didn’t make me feel bad about where I am and what I’ve yet to achieve. I was able to stay grounded in my truths. I was able to remember all the evidence to the contrary of their opinion.
Sometimes we find ourselves in environments with people who have strong opinions. Their words can be hurtful. Maybe you haven’t achieved what society says you should have by now. You know your goals and intentions and you’re doing all you can to stay hopeful and keep working your plan. It can be challenging when people say things that rub up against our areas of insecurity.
The thing that saved me from… immediate depression… as they talked was all the testimonies I’ve filled myself with over the years, of people who relate to my journey and are now so successful. People who had more to overcome and still made it. People who were older when they started on the path, and are now leaders in their fields. I build myself up by seeking out stories of people who’ve successfully done what I’m looking to do. (YouTube is great for this.) I allow their testimonies to encourage me and show me what’s possible.
This speech by Les Brown is one of that I listened to many times. It empowered me when I was at my lowest. It still empowers me now.
We have to find ways to build ourselves up while we’re on the journey to what we desire. This is one of the many ways that I do it.
Just thought I’d share this word of encouragement for anyone who needs it. Don’t give up. Build yourself up. Feed yourself what you need to sustain the journey.
Blessings! I’m placing the video below, as well. It’s a REALLY good one. #LesBrown