We all suffer with one insecurity or another. How we deal with these insecurities greatly impacts on our outlook on life as well as our behaviour towards others. According to http://www.dictionary.com when one suffers from insecurity they have a lack of confidence, lack of assurance and self-doubt.
Insecurities can derive from the following;
1. Having a negative mindset. Negative thoughts come to your mind and you allow them to take residence there. You begin to believe the words spinning around in your mind.
2. Having negative words spoken over you as a child by parents, family members, peers, people in authority. Growing up and believing you are less prettier/handsome, academic, talented than another.
3. A child hearing their parents/guardians speak negative words about themselves. The child then starts to believe they too are unworthy.
What are the effects of insecurity?
1. Lack of trust in yourself. Self-doubt will reign in your mind causing a hindrance to decision making however big or small.
2. Lack of trust in others. Believing people do not have your best interests at heart. Believing people have a motive for befriending you. Expecting people to disappoint and let you down.
3. Low expectations of life in general. Second guessing everything you do. Doubting what you are able to achieve in your studies and career.
4. Becoming a people-pleaser due to believing the lie that you are not enough. Therefore you need to go over and above to sustain any form of relationship. You continue to feel insecure in these friendships as you do not know if people are with you because they value you or due to all that you do.
I could write all day and night about the insecurities I had due to negative words spoken over me. They consumed me and I trusted very few people. As an introvert I kept my feelings to myself and they tormented me. I believed the lies that rushed through my mind. Whenever I faced challenges I would relate them back to past situations in which there was absolutely no connection. I truly felt nobody cared and if they did they could do little to help me.
I had to battle through my insecurities to be where I am today. Negative thoughts still come to my mind but I have to bat them back as I cannot afford to go back to being that person bound by words, what people thought of me. It was crippling and I honestly lived half a life.
How can you work through your insecurities?
1. Write positive affirmations and speak them over your life daily.
2. Identify the root of your insecurity and come up with coping mechanisms to help you when your emotions get the better of you
3. Sign up to counselling sessions
How did you overcome your insecurities?
What advice would you offer to someone who struggles with insecurities?