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My biggest shift in increasing my confidence and reducing my anxieties daily was when I paid attention to my relationship with myself. More specifically, I listened to my inner dialogue and watched if I trusted myself. And what I realized was that I didn’t have a good relationship with me. I didn’t respect myself. Deep down I never believed what I said about what my boundaries or goals were. Basically, my inner parent and my inner child had a bad relationship. And that is what I’ve busily been endeavoring to heal.

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My child wanted to be free to play. My parent wanted her to please others and comply. There was a lot of work and no play and anxieties. My inner child didn’t trust I’d get a proper reward for my efforts as my word to myself was no good. And it felt a lot like being imprisoned in a bunch of what ifs and shoulds when the world outside seemed to offer other options that I wasn’t offering myself.

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So I began to notice exactly when I was uncomfortable, nervous, and anxious. I found it was mostly when I was trying to influence other people’s opinion of me, which I would never know unless I could read minds. Then I decided to stop and ask myself, what would make me happy instead? My inner child would sigh with relief and point me in a better direction. I repeated this process over and over. I reached out to people to find out what they saw in me that was good and made me the character they appreciated. And I am gradually reforming a new opinion of myself. One that doesn’t suck but is wealthy with knowledge and love and trust.

Now, when I feel like I need time with my friends or a self-care activity like a pedicure, I make sure to schedule it ASAP. The message to myself is that I’m worth it. It’s a message I would certainly want my daughter to receive. And perhaps both my daughter and my inner child are benefiting from this new and profound shift of self-trust. That is as it should be. I am her mirror and I want her image to be as whole as possible as I witness her becoming whatever it is she will make herself into.

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