Recently, I was working with my personal trainer at the gym. (She actually calls herself a functional specialist because she works primarily with people who have some sort of affliction and she tries to help them return to optimum functionality. She herself has had two strokes, so she is the perfect trainer for me!)
She praised me for my strength, but told me that I don’t believe that I’m that strong and that’s what’s holding me back from recovering completely. And you know, she’s right! I’ve had a hard time believing anything positive about myself for a very long time. If you know me, you might think that’s crazy, but it’s not.
Anyway, it has taken her observation of how I am during my sessions with her (and she is unbelievably observant of everything) to show me what has really been delaying my full recovery. It’s about believing in myself!
Below is an excerpt from my book Radiant Survivor. Sometimes it takes a long time for a message to go from your head where you intellectualize about something, to your heart where it becomes part of your core essence. I feel the message from my trainer about believing in myself is finally making it to my heart, after many times trying. I hope this passage helps you in some small way, if you’re feeling puny about yourself.
“Believing in yourself doesn’t come from others or outer circumstances. It comes from within. It’s about having self-love. It’s about knowing that you have something to offer the world – your special gift, whatever it is. It’s about knowing that no matter what your situation is, you have the wherewithal to meet that challenge head on and deal with it.
To believe in yourself, you must first know yourself. Find your true essence, who you are at the center of your being. When you can transcend your self-doubts and fears that cloud your perception of who you truly are, you have reached that place of self-love. In this state of great prowess, you begin to believe in the fabulous unique person that you are and that you have a true purpose on Earth. Believe in yourself and ‘watch the miracle unfold’.
I have an exercise for you. Get out a journal or a notebook and write down all your positive attributes in the form ‘I am _________’ or ‘I have _________’ or ‘I can (do) _________’ or whatever way you can affirm the greatness you have inside. Then whenever you start questioning your worth, repeat whichever attributes are called for at that moment.”
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ERICA TUCCI had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog for many years, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Visit her websites at www.ericatucci.com, www.sarahsgiftseries.com and www.radiantsurvivor.com.