Posted by: Judy | December 14, 2017

Self Care 22 of 25

I want to take the same care going through these as the last group of statements, focusing on solutions. I’m not good at self care, but I am learning.

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22. Believing in myself believing I can do something anything I want but not trying because I might fail and embarrass myself or it won’t be perfect.

My response:

This is the ultimate in self-sabotage, and I excelled. My illogical thinking was that if I didn’t take a step then I couldn’t step wrong. I was taught to think this way.

Example: I left a door in the house open. I was asked, “What can we do to help you never leave the door open again?” It was assumed that there was something that could make sure I never forgot and would execute a demand perfectly every single time. There was one little problem, and by this time I recognized it. I replied, “I’ll do it perfectly when you do it perfectly.” It ended the conversation. Unfortunately, this conversation only happened a few years ago. Similar questions had been posed to me all my life, and I struggled to provide an answer not realizing there was no workable answer to give what was demanded. I was expected to do the impossible and at least if I did nothing I couldn’t be punished for doing something wrong.

Even when I did something right, I was advised on how I could do it better and/or faster. I had been carefully taught that whatever I did it wouldn’t be enough. I learned I wasn’t enough.

This is really what this problem is about: Believing I’m not enough. I’m not acceptable as I am.

The only way to change this one is to take that first step. There is no other way. However, there are ways to ease into it. Start small. The best example I can use is my own writing journey. Fifteen years ago, I asked my friends online if I should post a “musing.” They encouraged me. I posted. It was favorably received. I posted another and another. My confidence grew. I wrote a serial story and then co-authored another. One of the readers emailed me and suggested I write a historical romance. In 2007, I submitted the story. I was rejected. I was crushed. I re-wrote it and submitted it to a contest. The advice given I incorporated into the next re-write. I kept working on it. I submitted it again and after several months it was rejected. I wasn’t unhappy about it. I polished it some more and submitted it once more. Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc, sent me a contract, and A Promise of Possibilities was published in 2012.

One step at a time, I went from sharing my writing with no one to published author of 13 novels, 11 novellas, and 1 short story. I’ve reread my books, and I see things I’d change, not big things, little things. I’m proud of my work. I’m learning to translate the risks I take with writing in other aspects of my life. It doesn’t make it easy. I’ve simply learned it’s okay to make mistakes. I won’t die. It’s okay to be wrong. It won’t end the world. My mistakes and being wrong helps me to be more compassionate with others. As I’m more compassionate with others, I learn how to be more compassionate with myself.


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