It’s me who is my enemy, Me who beats me up, Me who makes the monsters, Me who strips my confidence.
This short poem by Paula Cole tells us who our worst enemy is – OURSELVES. We may not realize it, but we are basically our own worst enemy. We continually put blocks in our road of life that stop us from moving ahead in life.
We believe things that are not true and continue to tell ourselves these things, often on a daily basis. Just listen to how you talk to yourself and you might be really surprised at what you hear. “I will never succeed”. “I can’t lose weight”. “I’m just a dummy”. “I’m not good enough”. “I’ll never have any friends”. “I can’t, I won’t, I’ll never…..” Sound familiar? We have probably heard these things said to us in the past from our parents, our friends, bullies, a teacher or we may even have picked something up from the TV, a magazine or a book. It may be something we heard once or many times, but these words are processed by our brain and stored for future reference. Then we keep repeating these words to ourselves like a tape recorder and we believe them.
Telling yourself negative things is called negative self-talk. Negative thoughts become negative words and actions and this isn’t healthy for your mind. Instead you need to try to change those negative thoughts into positive thoughts so they can become positive words and actions. It is difficult and takes time, but it is possible if you work hard to change these thoughts.
Don’t be your own worst enemy! Don’t believe in things that are not true about yourself. Challenge any negative thoughts. YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL! YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! YOU ARE SPECIAL! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!
Success comes in cans, not can’ts. ~Unknown
Other people’s opinion of you, does not have to become your reality. ~Les Brown
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. ~Unknown