I recently read my results on a personality inventory. It told me that I am sensitive (I knew this) and that I often base my perceptions of myself through how I feel others perceive me. This hit home not because I felt it was unique to me, but because I hadn’t realized before the power of the key word: perception. Since then I have identified a simple fact: it is my own negative thinking that hinders me. I am the one who attaches meaning to a rejection, a comment or a lack of traffic on my articles. I am the one who keeps taking things personally. I am the one attacking myself for not succeeding as quickly as I would like. Since realizing this, I have learned how to replace that negativity with self-encouragement, a dash of harsh reality and words of kindness.
BEFORE YOU CAN KNOW WHERE YOU ARE HEADED, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE + WHO YOU ARE. ONCE YOU HAVE SELF-AWARENESS AND CLARITY IN KNOWING YOUR PASSIONS AND PURPOSE, YOU CAN BEGIN TO CREATE A LIFE AND CAREER IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF: SETTING GOALS THAT RESONATE WITH YOUR SOUL, BUILDING IN DAILY STEPS THAT BRING YOU CLOSER TO THOSE GOALS, AND HANGING IN THERE THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS.