Every now and then I find myself in a cloud of self-doubt. It isn’t anything too intense. In fact, often times I can’t quite put my finger on it until the feeling passes, and then in retrospect, I realize that the ‘I may not be good/smart/talented enough’ feeling I had been experiencing was real. That I was, in fact, subconsciously beating myself up about one thing or another. And that was likely the cause of my slump.
This happened just a few days ago. I had ended my annual Daniel Fast 3 days early, which I did consciously but still felt like I was showing lack of discipline (I’m a Virgo so rarely satisfied with anything less than perfect execution). Being in between major projects at work, I wasn’t feeling like the corporate super star I’m used to being. And, I recently committed to take on some volunteer responsibilities that I should have said no to, so I’m frustrated with myself for not thinking it through before saying ‘yes’ (and too chicken to go back and tell the group that I can’t do it).
So what pulled me out of this slump? Well, for one thing, I had a business trip to go on which forced me to put on something other than workout clothes, fix my hair and put on a little make up. I was also able to chat face to face with some work colleagues (working from home is truly wonderful, but the trade-off is sometimes feeling disconnected). And lastly, I went running. Putting some effort into looking presentable, intellectual stimulation and physical activity does wonders for the psyche – I’m convinced of that.
I am also a big fan of this mantra:
I am smart. I am talented. I am beautiful. And, doggone it, people like me.
Repeat this a few times the next time you aren’t feeling so fabulous – I guarantee it will lift your spirits (I recommend saying it with a sassy attitude)!