I Am Enough

I would LOVE to write a post that has 5 easy steps, or 3 simple ways to evaluate your belief system. From where I sit today, that is simply not possible.

Awareness of self and the belief systems we have is a life's work. It takes time, patience, and commitment to change. This awareness is something that we all do, and will continue to practice for our entire life.

The first phase of this life's work is overcoming a commonly held belief that “I am not enough.” Strong enough. Smart enough. Emotional enough. Sensitive enough. Tough enough. Thin enough. You get the picture. What is your “not enough” belief?

This one belief is the foundation to self doubt, self sabotage, and struggle of all kinds.

Learn how to handle this belief in a realistic and effective way by walking The Journey. The lesson will give you a wealth of information about your own strengths and needs.

What is the opposite of “I am not enough?”

I am enough.

I am enough does not mean that I have to be super woman. I do not have to be over the top compassionate. Or the most physically fit person on the planet. I am enough implies that there is no competition to being fully ME. I do not have to be the strongest. The smartest. The healthiest. No.

In therapy school, we spend a lot of time learning how to handle the dis-orders of the brain. According to the medical model, the dis-orders occur from two reasons, 1. there is a physical or chemical imbalance or 2. when life gives a person too many stressors than they are capable of handling. This encourages the patient to continue to believe that they are “not enough.”

Going out into left field, I know that the second reason is simply untrue. Dis-order or un-health happens when we confine our belief system and convince our bodies that we cannot handle what life is offering us. The mind will never give you more than you can handle.

In the south here, we have a saying, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” It is often followed up with, “Never wanted to be that strong, did ya?”

I wish it were followed up more often with “Wow! Look at what you learned about yourself! Look how strong and wonderfully built you are!”

The Journey to finding out that you ARE ENOUGH is your life's work. It begins with exploring the possibility that you ARE ENOUGH!

I am enough.

“I am enough” says that I am sufficiently full of emotion, strength, and personality. I have the capacity to meet the challenges of life. I trust that the soul that makes me unique is capable of living a full, authentic, joyful life.

I am enough.

I am enough does not mean that there will never be another conflict in life. It does mean that the deep trust you have in yourself and your soul will give you the insight and strength to find your way.

I am enough.

I am enough does not mean that joy will automatically find you and you will live happily ever after. It does mean that you now know the power that lies inside yourself to create the life you want.

I am enough.

I am enough does not mean that you never achieve great success because your standards are lowered. It does mean that you now understand the great possibilities of life and are ready to accept the challenge of being the brightest, fullest, most authentic form of yourself.

I am enough.

A couple ways to combat the negative belief system:
set an intention to explore BEING ENOUGH
surround yourself with people who believe you ARE ENOUGH
seek growth experiences to prove to yourself that you ARE ENOUGH
find daily reminders that encourage you to BE ENOUGH

Author's Bio: 

Sybil R Smith is a life coach and expressive arts therapist. She has a wide range of expertise, including music therapy, hospice, child psychotherapy, EMDR, and a M.A. degree in marriage and family therapy. She has helped clients deal with a range of issues including anxiety and panic disorders, life transitions, depression, and grief. Her mission is to show people how to live empowered lives so they can move past therapy and into forward motion. Sybil R Smith uses her training as a musician and performer to present creative ways to help move people through anxiety, depression, and grief to create smooth and joy-filled transitions. You can sign up for her thought-provoking EZine and meet her at www.sybilRsmith.com.