I listened to a fabulous webinar this afternoon by author Sonia Ricotti. Her book, "Unsinkable" is about overcoming obstacles. I haven't read it, but the webinar was exactly what I needed today.
The principles she discussed centered around changing your conscious and subconscious thoughts. The past does not have to be the present. So many times, people get caught up in thinking that nothing will ever change - myself included. For years, I told myself that no matter what I wrote, I would never succeed. And guess what? Nothing did. I programmed myself for failure.
I don't know why I did that. In hindsight, perhaps I was stalling for time. I needed Alabama to teach me who I was and who I wasn't. People allow themselves to be successful. It doesn't happen by accident. Before, I didn't feel safe enough to let success into my life. But now I feel more empowered and centered to be the person I really am. Genuine success stems from authenticity. It goes against everything our culture tells us, but I have observed it time and again.
Being present and honest about yourself is so important; yet we're constantly told to be someone else. I think the pressure has gotten worse over the years, starting in the late '90s. When pop music jumped from Alanis Morisette to Britney Spears, it was a sign of the times ahead.
It's time to stop wondering what I lost since I'm not sure I ever had it anyway.