It’s Week 47 and we are exploring ‘insecure’, an emotion that shows up when you learn new things, navigate unfamiliar environments or work out unknown rules.
Some insecurity is useful. It helps you pay attention to what’s going on, look for patterns and new options. But while insecurity may stop you from being too confident, it can also reinforce a sense of not being good enough and push you into proving that you are. If you work too hard to make sure that everyone completely approves of you, insecurity can flip into debilitating anxiety or mask as false bravado. Both can negatively impact your relationship with yourself as well as with other people.
For this week I am inviting you to take some risks, do something that is outside your usual routine: Talk to someone you don’t know. Eat something new. Go to a familiar destination via a different route. Stretch yourself (gently) out of your comfort zone and notice what happens. Recognise the physical signs of insecurity and listen to what you are saying to yourself. What standards are you setting for yourself? The more you accept that it’s okay to not be perfect, the more you will trust yourself in challenging situations.
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