It’s easy to tell ourselves we know everything there is to know about ourselves.
Don’t believe it. Don’t believe everything you think.
Often, your thoughts just aren’t true. They’re just constructs of your experiences colliding with your capacity to let go of who and what you believe to be true about yourself and the world around you.
Years ago, when I first started painting, I had a story I told myself for over 40 years. “I am not an artist.”
One day, when my eldest daughter was 14 and she was painting (she’s an incredible artist) I decided ‘out of the blue’ to paint with her.
I discovered I had been telling myself a lie about myself all my life, or at least for as long as I could remember.
I fell in love with art-making and continue to delve into the mysteries of the creative process, learning something new about myself and my creative essence every day.
Don’t believe everything you think, especially about the limitations you set on and for yourself. Who knows what amazing things you’re capable of if you simply stop believing your limiting beliefs?
Next time you hear yourself saying, “I can’t do that.” or, “I’m too…… old, young, stupid, weak, fragile….” be curious. Ask yourself, “What would happen if I stopped believing that and instead, dove into being curious about what I can accomplish when I let go of that thought…?”
About those around you.
Live the questions. Not the answers.