Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post titled Never Give Up. The post centered around my fear and anxiety when beginning my Master’s. Actually, it focused on my walk to my very first class in the program. I was transparent about how during that walk to my very first class I almost turned around and went home. I didn’t feel like I was good enough or smart enough to be in the program. I concluded that blog post on a positive note, stating that I was enjoying my program and I had a 4.0 GPA.
Two things have changed since then:
- I got a B, so I no longer have a 4.0 (oops!).
- I’m graduating in 5 weeks!
I am writing Never Give Up, Part 2 as a follow up blog post to provide you with even more encouragement! When life gives you the option to be the person who turns down a great opportunity, do not be that person. If I had turned down the opportunity to get my Master’s in counseling, I would not be graduating with my degree in 5 weeks, I wouldn’t have a job in December (well, at least not in this field), I wouldn’t have gained the confidence I have, and I simply wouldn’t be the person I am today.
What are you facing that’s scary?
What opportunity have you encountered that leaves you doubting yourself?
No matter what it may be, do not let your thoughts bully you into giving up. Of course, circumstances happen where the stars do not align and we cannot go through with the plans that we had — maybe God has something even better in store for you! But if you think that negative, self-defeating thoughts about how you will fail are from God, you’re wrong.
Those thoughts are not from God. And those thoughts are not meant to guide you in a positive direction.
Negative, self-defeating thoughts have the potential for throwing you off a path that could be so, so good for you.
When you find yourself in the midst of panic, when you have a thousand “what if” questions racing through your mind, stop and take a deep breath! Try to calm your mind. And picture someone saying these hurtful things to you.
Imagine that your mother tells you that you aren’t smart enough.
Imagine that a friend tells you that you aren’t good enough.
Imagine that a total stranger tells you that you will fail.
What would you think if that happened? More importantly, how would you react? Probably not so good, right?
Stop letting your own mind bully you when you wouldn’t dare let another person speak to you that way.
Stop believing the lies that you aren’t good enough because you are more than enough.
When your mind attempts to convince you of lies, replace the lies with truth. When your mind tells you that you will fail, tell yourself that even if you do fail at least you tried. Tell yourself that even if everything goes wrong, you will have learned something. Tell yourself that no matter what happens on this new adventure, you will be okay.
And if something does go wrong, or even if everything goes wrong, be okay. Accept that everything in life doesn’t always work out and that’s okay. Offer yourself some grace, fix your mascara, and get back up.