At the end of a talk I gave recently, one of the participants asked me what I did to begin changing my life. On my ride home that night I realized that I never really answered the question. I answered the why – my son showed me that he needed me to be an empowered role model. Not the what.
After giving it some thought it was clear to me that the very first place I started was by increasing my sense of worthiness. Hands down. I HAD to believe I was worthy of a better life or I would never have been able to make the changes necessary.
- I would not have been able to let go of what no longer served me.
- I would not have been able to put myself and my self-care first.
- I would not have been able to establish boundaries and teach others how to treat me.
It was uncomfortable. It was painful. It upset my loved ones who had been so used to me being a certain way.
Saying yes when I really wanted to say no. Putting everyone else first.
Holding my tongue when I had something important to say. Being what others wanted me to be instead of being authentically me.
Eventually the dust settled. I became more comfortable in my new way of being. My loved ones became more comfortable with my new way being.
Once I changed my inner world, my outer world began to change. I noticed books on my husband’s book shelf that I never thought he’d choose. My mother, who I had been badgering to make a move, decided to move to town. My dad and I began a new relationship with each other. My tribe began to show up.
It all began with this daily affirmation: I AM Worthy.
I read this affirmation day and night. Night and day. Until I believed it. Until I understood that my worthiness comes from inside and that I didn’t need anything to be more worthy than I already was.
I still use affirmations. All day. Every day. Because I am human and sometimes I forget that I am worthy just the way I am.
And so are you.
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