You are not your past self. You may have been raised by a single parent, abused as a child, been told that you wouldn’t amount to much, or grew up poor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the life you want.
It can be hard to move past your past because it has made you who are, for better or worse. I understand first hand what it’s like to feel like a fraud for achieving a little success. I’ve questioned myself many times and have feared failure most of my life. This causes me to be overbearing at times with my coworkers and pushes me to take on too many things at once. For so long, I’ve relied on my work ethic, and it’s hard for me to let go and allow somebody else to help.
This may not be the same for you, but it’s essential to understand how your past is affecting your present because it sure will affect your future. It’s challenging to get past a negative character flaw because it’s ingrained into who you are. However, the sooner you can pinpoint it, the better you will become at minimizing it. Yes, it will always be there, gnawing at the back of your mind, but as you learn to focus on your strength and inner resilience, it will stop rearing its ugly head so often.
As I wrote about yesterday in my blog, we all wear masks. It’s during times of stress that our masks begin to crack, and our true selves begin to show. That’s why it’s essential to understand that you deserve the life you want. That you’re not a fraud and that all of those insecurities you have are born of self-doubt. Stop doubting who you are because of who you’ve been. You’re more a sum of your current thoughts and actions than your past ones. Change is possible. You’re proof.