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One of the most persistent issues that surface in every round of our boot camp is the limiting belief: “I am not good enough.” This common and deeply rooted belief can significantly impact our lives, holding us back from achieving our true potential. Today, I want to chat with you about this belief and share a few tips on how to start shifting it.

The Origins of “I’m Not Good Enough”

The belief that we are not good enough often stems from experiences in our childhood. These early events form the foundation of this limiting belief, which grows and compounds over time, much like a snowball rolling down a hill. As we move through life, we attach more stories and evidence to support this belief, further solidifying it in our minds.

This belief can be especially pronounced in individuals who have experienced narcissistic or emotional abuse. Such experiences reinforce the notion that we are not deserving of healthy relationships, love, or success. We might find ourselves thinking:

  • “I’m not good enough for a healthy relationship.”
  • “I’m not good enough to have love in my life.”
  • “I’m not good enough to achieve my dreams.”

Recognizing the Belief in Everyday Life

When we find ourselves in toxic relationships or environments, this limiting belief frequently resurfaces. It might manifest as feelings of inadequacy in various aspects of our lives:

  • Feeling unappreciated at work because no one acknowledges your efforts.
  • Believing you are not good enough for your children to show appreciation.
  • Doubting your worthiness to pursue your dreams because of past failures.

These feelings are often rooted in childhood experiences where we did not receive the validation or attention we craved. Over time, these experiences compound, leading to a deeply ingrained belief that we are not good enough.

Shifting the Belief

Shifting the belief that you are not good enough requires understanding its origins and actively working to change it. Here are a few steps to help you start this process:

  1. Understand and Connect the Dots: Reflect on your past and identify the events or situations that contributed to this belief. Understanding the origins can help you see why it has become so powerful in your life.
  2. Challenge Negative Thoughts: Whenever the belief resurfaces, question its validity. Ask yourself, “Is there concrete evidence that proves I am not good enough?” Often, you will find that the belief is based on subjective perceptions rather than objective truths.
  3. Take Action to Build Confidence: Confidence does not come first; it comes from taking action. Each step you take towards your goals, no matter how small, can build confidence. Action leads to motivation, which inspires further action and gradually builds a strong sense of self-worth.
  4. Set Realistic Expectations: Healing from this belief is a journey. Be kind to yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. Understand that setbacks are part of the process, and each step forward is progress.
  5. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Understand that everyone has moments of self-doubt and that it’s okay to feel this way. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer a friend.
  6. Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive community or seek professional help. Joining a boot camp, support group, or working with a therapist who specializes in trauma and abuse recovery can provide the guidance and encouragement you need.

The belief that we are not good enough can be deeply ingrained and challenging to overcome, but it is possible with the right mindset and support. By understanding its origins, challenging negative thoughts, and taking consistent action, you can start to shift this belief and unlock your true potential.

If you are struggling with this belief, I invite you to share your experiences in the comments. What situations make you feel not good enough? By sharing and connecting, we can support each other on this journey towards self-acceptance and empowerment.

Remember, you are not alone in this. Healing is a journey.

I invite you to share this blog with someone else who needs to hear this right now. 


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