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As I read through So Long Insecurity, I had a thought.
Okay, so I had a whole lotta thoughts. But one thought in particular that I had was that, at least with some of my own personal issues with insecurity, what would happen if I changed one single thought process? If I switched my paradigm, so to speak.
Here's what I mean. Are you ever in a situation with people you don't know well? I think most of us are. Perhaps at your husbands office when you stop by for a visit, or at a church event or maybe if you volunteer. Do you tend to make assumptions quickly at what others are thinking of you? Of their 1st, 5th, 100th impression of you? I know I sure do. From the moment I meet someone I typically begin to wonder what they think of me. And being me, I tend to jump to the worst conclusion. They think I'm snobby. Rude. Fat. That I need my roots done. That there's no way they want to be my friend. Heck, they probably never want to speak to me again!
That might sound like a slight exaggeration. But in many cases, for myself, it's really not that far fetched.
But, what if I changed my paradigm? What if, instead of all that non-sense, I thought "They like me. They think I'm a nice person."
Wow. Those can be pretty powerful thoughts, just as my other thoughts can be equally as powerful in a more devastating way.
For the next week (and hopefully way beyond that) I am going to challenge myself to think those positive thoughts when I'm around people I'm not that comfortable with. I'm going to have plenty of opportunities too (remember my NY Resolutions? I'm putting myself out there!).
From the comments a lot of you left me on this post, it seems like you might be in my same boat. So jump on board with me if you'd like. The more the merrier. At the end of the week, I'll check in with you. Let me know your successes and I'll share mine too. See you at the end of the week!