Stop Hiding From Yourself and Others

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"If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?" ~Gloria Steinem

To me, this quote by Gloria Steinem is incredibly powerful.

It speaks to what most of us are taught to do from a very early age, change and hide who we really are in order to "fit-into" situations that are uncomfortable but needed for our survival.

Have you ever considered that the parts of you that you thought were your hold-backs were just protection mechanisms?

Have you ever considered that you needed to hide away parts of you that are LIGHT, bright, capable, strong, and glowing - in order to not outshine or intimidate others?

Consider Gloria's question: "If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?"

Unfortunately most of us are taught unconsciously to make the answer to her question a resounding YES!

Yes.  Fit into the job that you hate in order to survive.

Yes.  Make the relationship that you know deep down inside isn't the right fit work against all odds.

Yes.  Believe your inner critic when the voice tells you that you shouldn't even bother trying because you'll never make it anyway.

Yes.  Dim your light and your radiance so others can feel more comfortable around you if you act smaller and are less powerful.

It's now time to begin to question these influences - and to begin to question your beliefs about yourself. 

In the areas you think you're limited and lacking, what if you're wrong?

What if you're wrong  and "they" were wrong?  What if all those things you believed about what others said and then internalized to believe about yourself were all wrong?

To fathom this thought can feel mind boggling.  That is the point!  We want to boggle your mind so you can get to the Truth about you...

Remember, the easiest thing you'll ever do is become your True Self. And the hardest thing you'll ever do is become your True Self.

Here are some questions to ponder about the process of becoming who you really are:  

  • What parts of you have you hidden, diminished, and/or snuffed-out in order to make others (including yourself) be comfortable in your presence?

  • Do you fear becoming the next level of the Real You because you fear others not liking you?

  • If there were parts of yourself you've hidden for fear that others may not accept them, what are they?

  • Is it really YOU who is afraid of accepting your fearless, confident, courageous and powerful parts?  

Hmmm - I think we can all ponder these questions and get some great insights.


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