The scariest and at the same time the most inspiring discovery I had in my journey of self-improvement was that I am my own limitations. The biggest roadblocks don’t come from others, society or the universe but myself. I put them in my own way.
This week I struggled. I withdrew to myself, and wanted to avoid physical interaction as much as possible. So I called into work and made up a stomach bug so that I could work from home. But the bug was in my head.
What were the triggers?
I know I have to stop these reactive emotions, negative thoughts because for me it’s a slippery slope.
Thus during my weekly evaluation I devoted some time to figure out what lessons can I draw from this week, what challenges have I put in my own way.
According to this article here, there are 5 types of innter obstacles we sabotage ourselves with most frequently:
- Approval of others
- Holding onto the past
- Lack of confidence
As I went over them one by one, I almost immediately discarded the first: after all I live an individualistic life, I don’t want kids or career, I have moved to other countries, it really shouldn’t be a worry, right? But it is.
It is in fact one of my biggest problems because I realised I didn’t want to go to work because I’m not “in” with any of the crowds, I don’t belong to any of the groups. To be blunt, I am alone and I’m not close to anyone.
It’s of course not their fault, it’s down to me. Since I started to work there, I never had the courage to approach the others, to open up or spend time with them.
I am holding on to the past because I’ve never been the soul of the party and it’s always been hard for me to make friends.
I don’t have confidence because I’m overly critical with myself. I don’t really believe that it’s worth for others to make friends with me.
These inner obstacles make up the cage of my own spirit – I built them and it’s up to me what to do with it. Do I want to stay inside or am I ready for an adventure outside?
What if this time everything will go well?
What if I’ll find meaningful connections that will enrich my life, challenge my thinking, help me grow in unexpected ways?
What if I can enjoy the process of going limitless no matter what the results will be?
What if I’ll take this day by day, conversation by conversation, making the most of it each time?
What if I take this opportunity to grow?
The possibilities are endless outside of this cage. I’m ready to go and discover them like I would another country.
What inner obstacles did you encounter this week?